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Published: 2013/04/18

Trey Anastasio Speaks With Youth Offenders at Drug Court in Washington State

Trey Anastasio stopped by the Clark County Juvenile Drug Court in Vancouver, WA yesterday to speak with about 75 young drug offenders. The Phish guitarist praised the work of drug courts, which he credits with helping him recover from an opiate addiction that almost ruined his life.

Anastasio was arrested in upstate New York in 2006 while driving intoxicated and possessing illegal drugs. He was charged with multiple felonies, but chose to participate in a drug court program instead of spending a year in jail. Drug courts put a greater emphasis on rehabilitation than incarceration, however they use the threat of jail time as a way to encourage staying clean. Anastasio has now been sober for six years.

The Columbian reports that Anastasio told those in attendance, “The fact that this happened to you so young could be the greatest gift that ever happened to you… do you want to be sitting here when you’re 50, all your friends looking at you? It’s embarrassing.”

The Trey Anastasio Band kicked off their West Coast tour in Seattle on Tuesday night, Anastaso performing a solo acoustic “Wilson” in honor of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. TAB will play again tomorrow night at The Fox Theatre in Oakland, CA.

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TCinNYC April 18, 2013, 18:39:56

Proud of you Trey! Way to go.

Bootsy April 18, 2013, 21:17:36

The Columbian reports that Anastasio told those in attendance, “Look Hands on a Hardbody seemed like a great idea. You don’t see me drowning my sorrows do you?”

Jared April 18, 2013, 21:26:02

Nice to see Trey helping younger kids in need.

Gassy April 19, 2013, 20:05:14

He was looking for gas from those young men, that doesn’t count as a drug…. Right?

elbow April 21, 2013, 12:48:25

so… trey can tell a bunch of kids not to do drugs when it’s court ordered… but he can play to a crowd of 40,000 tripping, rolling, stoned or drunk wooks & frat boys…. and not say a word? don’t get me wrong. i’m proud of trey for staying clean. phish is still one of my favorite bands…. but this just doesn’t make sense to me.

elbow April 21, 2013, 12:48:26

so… trey can tell a bunch of kids not to do drugs when it’s court ordered… but he can play to a crowd of 40,000 tripping, rolling, stoned or drunk wooks & frat boys…. and not say a word? don’t get me wrong. i’m proud of trey for staying clean. phish is still one of my favorite bands…. but this just doesn’t make sense to me.

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