Casey’s Law

What Is Casey’s Law

Casey’s Law refers to the Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention. The law became effective in Kentucky in 2004 and was inspired by Casey Wethington’s death of a heroin overdose.

In 2002, a Kentucky mother lost her son to a heroin overdose. She thought she was doing all the right things that would motivate Casey to seek help. While waiting for Casey to acknowledge his problem, he shot up a lethal dose of heroin that stopped his beating heart. Casey’s mother is like so many of us who have been misled by the belief that you must hit rock bottom before change can happen.This law allows the parents, relatives, or friends of an addicted person to lawfully intervene and request involuntary, court-ordered addiction treatment for their addicted loved one. The length of therapy varies and can range from the detoxification stage which lasts about one week, to several weeks, a month, or even longer.

Addicts are often in a state of denial about their self-destructive behaviors. Casey’s Law allows friends or relatives to petition the court on behalf of the addicted person who is unwilling to ask for help. Once the intervention process begins the respondent must comply with the steps, or he/she may be held in contempt of court. Other states are making similar strides to intervene for those unwilling to seek treatment on their own.

At Landmark, we work with attorneys and other experts in the law to help you utilize this law to send your loved one to treatment. Sometimes it can be tough to intervene, but it is for the betterment of the individual suffering with an extremely dangerous addiction. For more information, please call us today in order to speak with one of our Admissions Consultants.


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