In honor of our daughter, Caitlyn Marie Weems

7/01/1991 - 4/30/2013

Governor Northam Signs Opioid Education Bill

June 06, 2018

On June 6, 2018 Carolyn went to Richmond, VA to witness Governor Northam sign HB 1532. Carolyn worked with Delegate Herring of Alexandria, VA to craft this bill, which requires each public elementary and secondary school across the Commonwealth to include an age appropriate program of instruction on the use and risks of prescription drugs. The curriculum adopted by the School Board of the city of Virginia Beach regarding drugs and the opioid crisis may be used as a model for state-wide instruction in developing such curriculum guidelines. 

Heroin: The Hardest Hit

"Heroin: The Hardest Hit is a powerful documentary focused on the heroin and prescription drug epidemic and its effects on Virginians. It examines the epidemic from all angles with Virginians sharing their personal stories of addiction and overdose, testimonies from parents who lost their children to an overdose, and insights from law enforcement and public health professionals who are working to address the crisis."

Virginia Beach City Public Schools: Virginia Beach School Board Member Carolyn Weems earns FBI honor

December 13, 2017

“In 2013, Mrs. Weems and her family were drastically impacted when her daughter, Caitlyn, died of a heroin overdose. As a result of the painful journey, Mrs. Weems began working on the national, statewide and local levels to promote awareness and education about the devastating opioid and heroin epidemic that our country and community are experiencing,” read the FBI press release on Weems. “Her direct involvement with education about prescription drugs and opioid addiction have impacted the community and merit special recognition.”

The Roanoke Times: Legislation inspired by opioid crisis headed to governor's desk

February 26, 2018

"While mourning the death of her 21-year-old daughter, Carolyn Weems stepped into action to educate students about the dangers of prescription pain medication. Carolyn Weems, a Virginia Beach School Board member, helped craft opioid addiction education for the 69,000-student school district. Now, that curriculum is poised to go statewide per legislation introduced by Del. Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria."

WTKR News: Virginia Beach school board member shares painful memories of daughter’s overdose

July 08, 2015

"A new report from the CDC and FDA show a dramatic increase in heroin use and deaths particularly in women, people with private insurance and higher incomes. Deaths nearly doubled across the United States between 2011 and 2013 - claiming about 120 lives each day, according to the CDC. Carolyn Weems knows all too well the pain of losing a child to a heroin overdose."

Wavy News: Virginia Beach woman wants daughter's overdose death to help others

May 03, 2018

"Carolyn Weems knows the sorrow and the stigma that goes with losing a child to an opioid overdose. She lost her daughter Caitlyn at age 21 to heroin. Now, in her daughter's memory, Weems wants to help women who are struggling with addiction. It's called Caitlyn's HALO - Helping Addicts and their Loved Ones."

The Virginian Pilot: Carolyn Weems, Fighting Heroin in Virginia Beach

November 29, 2015

"IN 2014, MORE VIRGINIA teens were killed by an overdose of heroin than in a car accident. This terrifying trend, a national one, has the attention of legislators and municipalities across the commonwealth. Virginia Beach is not immune from heroin’s devastating impacts, although many parents mistakenly believe that our peaceful community is insulated from this trend."

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