Camelia Carter

Photographer - Author - Speaker - Advocate

My name is Camelia Carter.

I spent 25 years fighting my son's beast.  

You see, RJ experienced trauma after trauma as a direct result of his father's drug and alcohol abuse, my own struggles as a trauma survivor/single mother with numerous health challenges and his own personal traumas as a direct result of his ever-growing drug and alcohol addiction.

The last 10 years were the worst.

Nothing I did or said would or could help him. 
Outside help was often difficult, if not impossible to find.  
Resources were scarce at best.  

The system repeatedly worked against him and eventually failed him altogether. 

I could not help him, no matter how hard I tried.
No one could.  
Many tried and all failed.

Most times, the only thing I could do was watch as my precious son change from a sweet, caring, amazing young man into every mother's worst nightmare.

But I never stopped fighting for him!

On May 29th, 2016, I lost my beautiful son,
Rusty-James (RJ) Parker to a heroin overdose.

I am now A Mom On A Misson to:
Raise awareness about addiction & mental illness
Comfort those who have lost a child, loved one, or friend to overdose
Educate those who know someone who is at risk of overdose
Share stories of hope and healing with others
Work with community leaders and groups on addiction solutions

IN THE NEWS


2/7/17
CBS Evening News
Opioid overdose crisis plagues Cleveland
By DeMarco Morgan
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/opioid-overdoses-crisis-cleveland/

11/29/16
Providing hope and a few beds for addicts
http://www.wkyc.com/news/health/providing-hope-and-a-few-beds-for-addicts/358359734

 9/1/16 
Ohio Lawmakers demand Gov. Kasich declare a heroin emergency (SMALL MENTION)
http://www.wcpo.com/news/political/ohio-state-government-news/ohio-lawmakers-demand-kasich-declare-a-heroin-emergency

8/27/16 
A Cleveland Car Show With a Purpose
http://wtam.iheart.com/articles/local-news-122520/a-cleveland-car-show-with-a-15049033/
 
 AUG 13, 2016 — In the latest of many news stories about this petition, we have garnered a small victory by receiving a personalized acknowledgement from the Ohio Governor's Office!

Watch This Story:
Mom who lost son to heroin overdose calls for state of emergency - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH
http://www.cleveland19.com/story/32750280/mom-who-lost-son-to-heroin-overdose-calls-for-state-of-emergency-in-ohio

Here are some other stories:
Woman-creates-petition-for-a-state-of-emergency-in-ohio-to-combat-heroin-overdose-crisis
http://www.inquisitr.com/3418672/woman-creates-petition-for-a-state-of-emergency-in-ohio-to-combat-heroin-overdose-crisis/

Mom's Change.org petition to Kasich: Declare a heroin emergency now - Story
http://www.wcpo.com/news/opinion/moms-changeorg-petition-to-kasich-declare-a-heroin-emergency-now

Local mother wants state of emergency declared for heroin epidemic | WKYC.com
http://www.wkyc.com/news/local/local-mother-wants-state-of-emergency-declared-for-heroin-epidemic/295482435

'There's Too Much Silence': One Woman's Quest to End the Heroin Overdose Crisis | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog | Cleveland Scene
http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2016/08/11/theres-too-much-silence-one-womans-quest-to-end-the-heroin-overdose-crisis

Online petition with 5,700 signatures supports mandatory ‘recovery camps’ for drug addicts who overdose - Local - Ohio
http://www.ohio.com/news/local/online-petition-with-5-700-signatures-supports-mandatory-recovery-camps-for-drug-addicts-who-overdose-1.703933#.V6vmb4wRBTE.facebook