NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Governor Pat McCrory and a recovering addict are on the same page when it comes to drug treatment court. The governor told a Republican-majority General Assembly Monday night that he wants to see a bill that restores funding for the program.
Billy Brown graduated from the recovery program in 2010 and now owns Port City Ceilings. He said he owes his life to drug treatment court and its staff.
"To walk through that and have a life of value now is just phenomenal," said Brown.
When state lawmakers cut funding for drug treatment court in 2011, New Hanover County commissioners agreed to cover the cost. Two of those men, who now serve as state representatives, tell WECT.com that they would support a bill to put state money back into the program.
Representatives Rick Catlin and Ted Davis said they would both stand behind any effort to return funding for drug treatment court.