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As Trump vows to combat Opioid crisis, Spokane father takes fight to local lawmakers

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MEAD, Wash. -

A phone call broke the silence in Scott Meyers’ home. He awoke at 3:30 in the morning to a call from paramedics.

“They told me they were working on my daughter,” said Meyers. "They were unfortunately unable to revive her.”

Rachel Meyers was just 18-years-old when she died from an overdose from heroin.

“It's horrible, especially as a single parent,” said Meyers. “You always have that belief or that hope that you can bring them back or this is the time they'll follow through.”

Meyers says his daughter struggled with opioid addiction since she was 15-years-old. He says after his divorce from her mother, Rachel started hanging out with the wrong crowd, and started taking his painkillers after she was assaulted.

Through the years, Meyers tried to get his daughter help.

He tried to get her into counseling, but she didn’t stay. He tried to have her involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward, but she left the hospital against medical advice. Meyers even tried to have his own daughter arrested to get her away from drugs, but nothing worked.

“I thought at least I'd know where she was and they would hold her in detox,” said Meyers. “But the jails were too full and it was a revolving door.”

On Thursday, President Trump declared a nationwide public health emergency to combat the opioid crisis.

Meyers is grateful that it’s at the center of attention but thinks President Trumps has not offered a long-term solution.

Since his daughters’ death in 2015, Myers has taken his concerns to local lawmakers including Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Senator Patty Murray.

The first thing Meyers wants to do is get a law passed in his Rachel's name that would allow parents to put their children in treatment for up to two weeks.

In Washington, teens 13-years-old or older can refuse treatment.

Meyers would also like to see better detox facilities and more beds in the Spokane County Jail.

Meyers has created a foundation in the memory of his daughter to assist others in the situation she was in to try and help them through their addiction. You can find the memorial page, here.

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