“Often rock bottom means death to many who are battling drug addictions, but now there is a hopeful option that lights the way for those we dearly love,” said Maegan Callebs of S.P.A.R.K. Ministry Advocacy Center.
The S.P.A.R.K. Ministry Advocacy Center hosted a presentation about Casey’s Law to over 50 people in the Knox County community on Union College’s campus on Wednesday morning, August 28.
Casey’s Law provides a means of intervening with someone who is unable to recognize his or her need for treatment. The law allows parents, relatives, or friends to petition the court for treatment on behalf of the person who has a substance use disorder with or without their consent.
Jenell Brewer of S.P.A.R.K unfolded the story of Casey Wethington who inspired this movement. “Casey died at the age of 23 from a heroin overdose,” noted Brewer. “He did not realize that his using would progress from abusing to dependence and then to the disease of addiction.” She added, “Parental intervention was discouraged and now it’s too late for Casey but because of him, there is hope for others who suffer from addiction.”
Brewer then encouraged the community to intervene in the mission to put a stop to substance abuse. She also went over the step-by-step process on exactly how to file a ‘Casey’s Law.’ “The sooner the disease is recognized the longer it’s treated, the better the chances for recovery,” concluded Brewer. If you would like to know more about Casey’s Law, you can visit www.caseylaw.org or Call 859-771-3021 where you can speak to a volunteer support specialist, like Jenell Brewer, about your loved one(s) in need.