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The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention is named for Matthew Casey Wethington, who died in 2002 from a heroin overdose at the age of 23.  Casey was an energetic young man who enjoyed life until it was “taken” by drugs. Casey never intended to become addicted to drugs when he used the first time. What he did not realize was that his progress from abusing to dependence and then to the disease of addiction.  Although his parents tried to get him help, there was no law that could force someone into treatment because he was an adult. After Casey’s death his parents lobbied for a change. “Casey’s Law” is an involuntary treatment act for those who suffer from the disease of addiction.

“Casey’s Law saved my life."

Grant M., Madison County resident

“Casey’s Law saved my life.  I was suicidal before my mother filed the Casey’s Law petition.  I was in a deep depression, I felt like a failure as a father, son, brother and avoided my family.  My addiction had gotten so bad, I was doing grams of heroin and crystal meth every day. I couldn't keep a job, so I resorted to street crimes like selling drugs and stealing to support my habit.  The route I was going down, I would be in prison or dead if my family didn't step in. At the time, I didn't want to go, but I wouldn't be here right now if without Casey’s Law. I am eternally grateful for my mom and my sister for saving my life.”
Grant M., Madison County resident

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