Matthew "Casey" Wethington
Casey was an energetic young man who enjoyed life until it was “taken” by drugs. As a boy, he participated in a variety of sports such as soccer, baseball, basketball, and wrestling. He enjoyed collecting baseball cards, playing video games, playing the guitar, riding bikes, and skateboarding. All of that changed when he “didn’t know” what he liked to do to have fun anymore and turned to drugs.
Casey’s middle-class upbringing did not matter in the least when it came to the disease of addiction. Casey never intended to become addicted to drugs when he used the first time. What he did not realize was that his using would progress from abusing to dependence and then to the disease of addiction.
Casey’s early drug use caused his development to be arrested at the age of 14 or 15. Regardless of that fact, and the fact that he suffered from an ultimately fatal disease, he was expected to respond as a normal, healthy young adult and choose treatment for himself. Parental intervention was discouraged and denied. Now it is too late for Casey but because of him, there is hope for others who suffer from addiction.
History of the Act:
The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance Abuse Intervention became a law on April 9, 2004. On July 13, 2004, the law became effective in the state of Kentucky. This law was inspired by the death of Matthew Casey Wethington, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 23.
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