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Parents Implore Public To Help Stop Heroin Deaths

Sonja Coulter

Sonja Coulter, mother of heroin victim Carlie Coulter, at Thursday's press conference. Photo: SCVTV

Action held an emotional press conference at its headquarters Thursday following the death of 22-year-old Carlie Renee Coulter from an apparent heroin overdose.

Cary Quashen, founder of Action Family Counseling and Action Parent-Teen Support Group, sent a clear messageCarlie Renee Coulter that enough is enough.

“It’s terrible that we have to come together for a reason like this, but you know what? Enough’s enough,” said 

Quashen. “I have been in this field for 30 years, and in the last two years what has gone on with this drug heroin is by no other words disgusting. Enough’s enough. We are burying way too many kids here in Santa Clarita.”


Carlie Renee Coulter | Photo courtesy of Sonja Coulter

Coulter was battling an addiction to heroin for about three years and last went through rehab at House of Hope in San Pedro. Coulter is the sixth Santa Clarita young adult to die this year from a heroin overdose.

“It’s such a shame, such a wasted beautiful life. She was my best friend. My heart is so broken right now,” said Sonja Coulter, Carlie’s mother. “She was doing so well, I was shocked to hear she relapsed. I just hope if any of you know anybody who is going through this please, help these kids, help the community.”

Carlie is survived by her mom, Sonja, her dad, Charles Coulter, her brother, Charles Junior Coulter and little sister Chloe Coulter.

“We’ve lost more than a dozen Santa Clarita kids this year to drugs,” said Quashen. “Carlie is just the latest example of the war against drugs. We have an epidemic right now. Let’s not let this loss go without creating a powerful impact. Enough is enough, not one more.”

To donate to Carlie’s memorial fund page go to actionfamilycounseling.com or click here.

There they can read about her story and it will direct them to the donations page. All donations will be done online and whatever is received will be given to the Coulter family.