/ Modified dec 14, 2018 4:33 p.m.

Family Shares Daughter's Battle With Heroin, Meth

They want legislative change to prevent families from suffering similar losses.

This week Arizona 360 looked into an ongoing trend in Arizona: increasing meth seizures at the southern border. Demand for the drug remains prevalent across the country. Nationwide, seizures have doubled over the last four years, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Arizona 360 heard from the family of a 27-year-old woman who recently died after struggling with addiction to meth and opioids for several years. The Pima County Coroner's Office ruled Kelsey Beitel's death a drowning. Her parents, Jerry and Louise Beitel, blame drugs for sending their daughter on a downward spiral that resulted in her death.

"We know that our daughter was in there somewhere, but those drugs — she was basically a prisoner to those drugs in the end," Louise Beitel said.

The Beitels said they wish they had more authority over Kelsey's treatment, but they were unable to act because she was an adult. The couple is now advocating for legislative change that will allow others to intervene on behalf of a relative dealing with substance abuse.

"When you're on these drugs … you're not in that cognitive state of mind to make a rational decision for your safety or health," Jerry Beitel said.

Arizona 360
Arizona 360 airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on PBS 6 and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on PBS 6 PLUS. See more from Arizona 360.
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media is a service of the University of Arizona and our broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents who hold the trademarks for Arizona Public Media and AZPM. We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples.
The University of Arizona