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Since Prop 36 took effect in July 2001, the law has helped over 150,000 Californians enter drug treatment and improve their lives and the lives of their families. There is one group we—and our legislators—don’t hear from enough: Prop 36 graduates.

Oliver H. is one of them. After drinking and drugging for over three decades, he graduated from Prop 36 treatment and probation in San Diego in 2005. Read his story here. Prop 36 drug treatment, not jail, helped turn around his life and the lives of many of his friends. Here, read what he thinks about Prop 36 and how grads can give back.

Have something to say in response? Let Oliver and us know on our comments page or by contacting him directly at [email protected].

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Drumming Up Support

In a continuing campaign to gather support for full funding for Prop. 36, Cynthia McDonald, her mom and I traveled to the offices of Senator Christine Kehoe and Assembly Member Saldaña. There we talked to Laura Hein and Kirsten Clemons respectively.

It was exciting to go to the offices of the two officials and talk about FULL FUNDING for Prop. 36. Also, they had a chance to meet the end result--the alumni--of Prop. 36’s success. Other Prop 36 alumni teams covered the North County as well.

From both meetings came a positive and uplifting experience in discussing Prop. 36’s funding and the forming of a San Diego Alumni Association, which is all ready in motion. Prop. 36 needs more people at the government, state, and county levels like Senator Kehoe and Assembly Member Saldaña and their staff.

It is my deepest feeling of gratitude that goes out to both offices, just knowing we have their support gives me great hope that people will continue to have the same chance to walk down a “Road of New Beginnings” as I did! May God bless you one & all.

Remember, we alumni are crucial to Prop. 36’s continued success! Any Prop. 36 alums that want to get together and get involved, please contact me: [email protected].

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