Macklemore speaks at 20-year celebration of Drug Court

King County’s Drug Diversion Court celebrated 20 years of changing lives yesterday at an event at King County Courthouse.

Drug Diversion Court is a rigorous minimum 11-month, four-phase program that holds participants accountable for their sobriety. Drug Court participants are required to meet with a Drug Court judge once every two weeks, go to chemical dependency treatment three times a week and are randomly drug tested twice a week.

The celebration, dubbed “20 Years of Changing Lives,” was attended by County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Councilmembers Kathy Lambert and Larry Gossett, U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez, King County Superior Court Judge Gregory Canova, Director of the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention Willie Hayes, scores of graduates, family and friends, and award-winning Seattle rapper Macklemore.


Macklemore spoke about his experiences with drug and alcohol addiction – experiences that landed him in King County Juvenile Drug Court at age 15.

“If I am sober, I have a chance,” Macklemore said. “If I’m not, I don’t.”

Read an article about the celebration at The Seattle Times website.

(Photo from Macklemore’s Instagram account).