My daughter just died on May 3rd from an overdose.
I have written a letter that I wanted to post to your page on the devastation that is left behind from drugs. My hope is to reach anyone with an addiction to help them be aware of what happens to their families when they die ……I will send you my post and if you think its ok to post go for it. If not I appreciate your time.
I am a very heartbroken mother who just lost her 29-year-old daughter (Keri Canter Cole) to fentanyl/heroin on May,3rd,2016. I am writing to you because I really wanted to post the devastation left behind when our loved ones die from Overdose. I see lots of comments about it was their choice to do the drugs in the first place and yes it was……but once done, the horribleness that comes from that is such a terrible sickness that no one understands unless they have lived it. I have lived with my daughter’s addiction for years. I was also lied to a lot with I am clean. I offered several times to take my beautiful granddaughters so Keri could go into rehab and get rid of this ugly demon but she wouldn’t do it.
I was just with Keri in March and did one of those drug tests on her from the drug store…7 illegal drugs and 5 prescription drugs….she was CLEAN. That’s why all of this is so heartbreaking because I truly believed she was clean. Keri’s story is like so many others. She was in a couple of car accidents and had some injuries, put on pain meds…when she told her doctor she thought she had a problem he kicked her out of his office and said I don’t deal with druggies and put her on the street. I know this was a daily struggle for her, I know she tried her hardest to get away from all of this but it just kept that nasty hold on her that she couldn’t get away from. Keri was a wonderful fun loving beautiful person that got wrapped into a terrible situation that she couldn’t break free from. I know she is not the only one who is in this situation. We are losing our children at an alarming rate from this epidemic. The pain I feel in my heart and soul is so tremendous I don’t know if I will ever come up from the depth of sadness that is my life now. I was born and raised in Conneaut Ohio. I left there 10 yrs. ago to care for my elderly parents….who need me badly but I think now I was needed more in Conneaut which is truly hard to deal with in the aftermath. You know the what ifs and if I had only deals….that’s where I am at now.
I guess I am writing to you because there seems to be a lot of intelligent people from all wakes of life on this site……I am 4 hours away from Conneaut but there has got to be something that can be done on this epidemic……I so want to save our next child but have no knowledge of how to do that. I was wondering if maybe you could put something up about how as a community we can get tougher laws on dealers and sellers or maybe when a person is brought into Jail for drugs they get put into a program instead of letting them right back out, or that these doctors who do what they did to my Keri, pay for this and have to pay for the rehab for each person they got addicted in some way of form.
I don’t know what the answer is, there has to be some answer somewhere. I personally want her dealers head in the middle of Conneaut so everyone knows he murdered my daughter…..bitter and harsh I know but that’s how I feel. I know my Keri made a choice…..but I know that choice was not to die and leave her beautiful children, her husband mother father sisters brothers grandparents aunts uncles and cousins and I am sure that is the case for any other of our children who have succumbed to this tragic end. I always told her I was going to call Dr. Phil for an intervention and we would laugh (this is when she was clean….) Now I truly wish I had……I don’t know if there is anything any of us can do but I just needed to ask. Thank you for letting me take your time and for a great group you have. I like your no-nonsense approach.
Keri Canter Cole’s