Spark Ministries is partnering with the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy to present a training on Casey’s Law on Wednesday, August 28, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at Union College Student Center Patridge Room.  

The law allows the parents, relatives, or friends of an addicted person to lawfully intervene and request involuntary, court-ordered addiction treatment for their addicted loved one.  This law is only applicable in the states of Kentucky and Ohio.

What is Casey’s Law?  Casey’s Law refers to the Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention.  The law became effective in Kentucky in 2004 and was inspired by Casey Wethington’s death of a heroin overdose.  In 2002, at the young age of 23, Matthew Casey Wellington passed away after entering into a heroin-induced coma. His family had been convinced that when he had hit rock bottom he would finally be ready to enter rehab, but this was not the case.  After Casey’s family had done all they could to convince him to go to rehab, they realized that perhaps in some cases, an addict needs a more forceful hand to accept treatment.

If you’re on the fence as to whether or not Casey’s Law is the right option for you to pursue, you should be aware that mandatory treatment has seen promising results. The National Institute on Drug Abuse conducted a study on the viability of mandatory treatment for inmates over a period of five years.  At the end of the study, groups of men who were forced to enter rehab had the same amount of abstinence rates as the groups who were enthusiastic about entering rehab.

This training will be especially helpful to key partners in the community such as:  Sheriff’s office, Courts, City and County government, Judges, Police, EMT, Social Services, Rehabilitation, Detox Facilities, Jails, and more.  The general public is also invited to attend. Please RSVP to Maegan Callebs at or Claudia Greenwood at


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