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Six graduate from Eastern Kentucky drug court program

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

Some former drug addicts celebrated a victory Thursday night.

House Speaker Greg Stumbo was in Paintsville to congratulate six people on their graduation from drug court.

Six people with pasts marked with drugs and addiction had their happy ending as they graduated from the Johnson/Lawrence/Martin County drug court.

"You have to meet these expectations and if you do that you'll change your life." Speaker Stumbo said.

Officials say that one out of every nine Kentuckians suffer from addiction.

"If your family hasn't been affected by this then you should get down and thank your lord but if it has dont' be embarassed because a lot of families have been touched by this problem including mine." Stumbo said.

One of the former drug court members was an addict for 10 years, but after being in rehab for 19 months, she has regained custody of her child, got a job and even bought a house.

Stumbo says that drug courts are saving Kentuckians, one life at a time.

As of July 1st, more than 4,500 people had graduated from drug court programs statewide.

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