Casey's Law In Illinois

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My daughter is 24 and a drug addict. She has been using drugs since she was 13. Her father died when she was only 6 and this has affected her very much.  She has been addicted to Heroin but she is now using Methamphetamine. I don't hear from her for several days at a time.

She has been to 25 different rehabs never finishing any of them because of her ability to simply sign herself out only to go out and use.  Due to her continued drug use her teeth are falling out, the veins all over her body are collapsed and she has liver disease.

A solution that I feel will not only save my daughter's life but the lives of hundreds of American citizens is Casy’s Law. This act provides a means of intervening for someone who is unable to recognize his or her need for treatment due to their impairment. This law will allow parents, relatives, and/or friends to petition the court for treatment on behalf of the person who is substance abuse impaired.

This law allows for involuntary treatment which studies have shown is just as successful as voluntary treatment.  My daughter would not be allowed to simple sign herself out of treatment to go and use again.

The Matthew Casey Wethington Act for Substance abuse intervention was created and pushed by Casey’s mother 2 years after drugs took the life of her son Casey.  The statute 222.430 - 222.437 became effective for the state of Kentucky on July 13, 2004. I am part of an online support group and on it at least once a week someone's kid dies at the hands of the dreadful disease.

Please help me get this law passed in the state of Illinois where it will save not only my daughter’s life but the lives of so many more just like her.   So many times I feel that if my daughter was forced by the court to finish her rehab treatment She would be in long enough for the her to start thinking rationally and make better decisions.

By signing this petition we want to get the Illinois House, Senate and Governor to see how much this law is needed in Illinois.