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Addiction counselor facing drug charges

By John Joyce
Published in News on July 24, 2012 1:46 PM

A substance abuse counselor has been charged with drug violations.

Kenneth Faison, 53, of 609 S. Madison Ave., was arrested Monday on 16 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

Faison, a member of the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Treatment (DART) program at the mental health facility, allegedly took 16 photocopies of a prescription to eight different pharmacies and obtained 448 hydro-codone pills.

Eastern Medical Associates reported Faison to police for making the photocopies in June. The pills were obtained between May 23 and June 17.

According to the website for the Department of Health and Human Services, The DART program falls under the purview of the Department of Corrections. The 90-day treatment cycle for inmates with alcohol and narcotics abuse or addiction issues pairs inmates with professional staffers such as Faison who provide therapy, counseling, informative videos and other methods to aid in the recovery process.

The report issued by the Goldsboro Police Department did not specify whether Faison obtained the narcotics for personal use, sale on the street or for the purpose of trading with inmate-patients.

Faison was given a $15,000 secured bond and released. His first court appearance will be today at 1:30 p.m.