May is "National Drug Court Month." The Commonwealth of Kentucky is fortunate to be one of the beginning few, and now many, states that are recognized for its successful Drug Courts. Chief Supreme Court Justice Joseph E. Lambert has implemented Kentucky Drug Courts. With Chief Justice Lambert's leadership, the first Drug Court began in 1996 in Fayette County. Since 1996, Drug Courts have continued to be implemented throughout the state. By 2009, there will be Drug Courts in all 120 counties throughout the Commonwealth.
Locally, drug courts are successfully being held in the 28th Judicial Circuit and the 28th Judicial District. Circuit Drug Court for adult offenders is held in Pulaski, Rockcastle and Lincoln counties. District Drug Court for juvenile offenders is held in Pulaski and Rockcastle counties.
Drug Court for adult offenders through the Circuit Court of the 28th Judicial Circuit began in 2004. Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette and Circuit Judge David A. Tapp, preside over weekly Drug Courts for Pulaski, Rockcastle and Lincoln counties. The Adult Drug Court Program Supervisor for the Circuit Drug Court is Ryan Tucker. Mellissa LaRusch is the Case Specialist for Adult Drug Court. Both Ryan and Mellissa work with these individuals on a daily basis. The Adult Drug Courts work diligently to help individuals who struggle with addiction to become productive members of society.