|For Robin Knott, turning the doorknob of her bathroom and seeing her then 18-year-old daughter (Candice Williamson) with a needle was the end of suspicion that Williamson was addicted to heroin. It was the beginning of Knott’s determination to fight for her daughter’s life — even if it might crush their relationship. Knott turned to a friend in her anguish, and he recommended she file a Casey’s Law petition to get her daughter treatment.May 28, 2013, T. DeMio, The Cincinnati Enquirer
When heroin tightens its grip, the only hope is for some type of intervention by families or friends. When Casey Wethington was actively using heroin before his death in 2002, his family tried in vain to help him. They quickly learned that they had no legal way to intervene on his behalf because he was legally an adult. After his death, Charlotte Wethington’s story resonated with state legislators and the Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance use Intervention became law on April 9, 2004.
The Act allows parents, relatives, and/or friends to petition the court for treatment on behalf of the person with addiction.[i] While Casey’s Law provides a means of intervention for families, the access to affordable treatment remains daunting for far too many.
For more information: http://www.caseyslaw.org/