Kentucky legislators meet in London to discuss state's drug issues

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

LONDON, Ky (WYMT) - Lawmakers gathered in London today to discuss drug related issues and Operation Unite made a special presentation.

It was a packed house in London as the Interim Joint Judiciary Committee held a meeting on drug issues facing the state.

Congressman Hal Rogers was there and said he has been fighting this battle for some time.

"It has been a ten year effort and we are working on the problem, but we have not got it solved by any stretch. But we have made great progress," said Rogers.

Chad Webb, a former addict, exemplifies that progress.

"I was selling drugs, doing drugs, just not living right and it was divine intervention," said Webb.

Rogers said having the event in London is a big deal because it shows that state representatives and senators are concerned about the drug problem in Eastern Kentucky.

Legislators applauded the Unite Program, which is something they said offers critical services to those battling addiction.

"We have got a treatment voucher program if you are too poor to afford treatment, we will pay for it one time," said Rogers.

That is a system they are working to expand.

Webb credits it with giving him a second chance at life.

"I have a wonderful wife and five great boys. Life is just great. I could not ask for anything better," said Webb.

He said it is all thanks to Unite.

"Unite played a huge part in that all the way from arresting me to rehabilitating me," said Webb.

Rogers said their hot-line is also helping folks.

He said it receives more than 1,200 calls a month.

Webb said he has been clean for 2,741 days.

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