Kentucky is on the forefront of the battle against addiction. Prescription opioid, heroin, and methamphetamine abuse have destroyed lives and leveled communities across Kentucky, making it the fifth leading state in the nation for fatalities from drug overdose. For many addicts, the choice to enter into treatment is not an easy one to make. Casey’s Law, a piece of legislation from Kentucky in 2004, was passed in order to make mandatory treatment a reality for those suffering from addiction.
What States have Casey's Law?
Casey’s law , officially known as the Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention became law on April 9, 2004 in the state of Kentucky. The law was also enacted in the state of Ohio. There are currently multiple other states with pending petitions to add Casey’s Law or similar legislation.
In 2004, Casey's Law came to pass in Kentucky and was implemented in 2012 in the state of Ohio. It was initiated after the death of Matthew Casey Wethington passed away from heroin overdose at age 23.
This law serves to legally mandate people with drug and alcohol disorders into treatment programs. The length of treatment 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, and this law was implemented to help redirect that state of denial to a sober future.