What States Have Casey's Law?

Posted by Jackson Bentley on May 2, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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.


Casey’s Law in Kentucky

Addicts are often in denial about the true state of their addiction. For that reason, they are often averse to seeking treatment options. Casey’s Law was enacted to allow close friends, loved ones, and relatives of addicts to legally mandate people to attend a treatment program. The process involves petitioning a court to judge the severity of the afflicted person’s addiction and rendering a judgement on whether to commit that person and to what extent their treatment should encapsulate.


Casey's Law in Ohio

Casey's Law works in Ohio in the same manner as it does in Kentucky. The bill was signed into law in March of 2012, and contains the same process for entering someone into rehab, which involves obtaining a court's ruling on whether the person is a veritable danger to themselves or not. 


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What is Casey’s Law

Posted by Heather Valsan on Oct 10, 2017 10:05:00 AM

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.


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