Education and treatment for heroin addiction in the tri-state has come a long way in just the past year, but the parents of a Northern Kentucky man who died of an overdose say more
needs to be done.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of when Casey's law became effective in Kentucky. The law basically allows the parent or loved one of a drug addicted adult to have that person court
ordered to drug treatment....even against their will.
The law was named after Casey Wethington, the late son of Charlotte and Jim Wethington. Charlotte says it's a law intended to save lives. "It certainly gives that person a chance to recover and see what recovery can be because a lot of people at that point in time really don't see any hope.
Charlotte says the law came too late for Casey, who died of an overdose in 2002. "It would have given us a tool that we didn't have, an option that we didn't have because the only option that we had was to have Casey arrested."
Since Casey's death, the Wethington's have become strong advocates for heroin education and treatment and they've refurbished Casey's old 1967 VW bus to spread the word.
Nathan Mathews is a recovering addict who says the bus was a big hit at this weekend's heroin awareness car and bike show. "This means a lot to me actually because this just shows how much support we have in the community and how many people actually want to help with people who are struggling and don't actually want to help themselves. You know, Casey's law we got the van here now. It's for people who actually don't want to help themselves, you know, go against their will, but it's actually saving lives every single day. It saved my life. I'd be dead right now if it wasn't for it."
Charlotte says the goal of the bus is to help spread a message of hope.
"I'm trying to raise awareness, educate and advocate and hopefully our....Casey's bus will be a huge resource unit that can go into communities and get the literature out there, get the brochures out there. Talk to people."
Charlotte Wethington says there are a lot of people out there, friends and family of addicts, who want to help, but don't know where to turn and she hopes her efforts will help ease
the stigma and shame of addiction.
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