WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - According to court documents, Shelly Graybeal, the daughter of Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff Ed Graybeal, and a former member of the Sheriff’s force, was arrested in a traffic stop on November 22.
The report says a deputy found controlled substances in her vehicle. Shelly Graybeal was charged with simple possession of opioids and then released with a misdemeanor citation. This came after she and her husband were fired from the sheriff's force.
Laurie Street, the director of the Overmountain Recovery clinic say drug use affects families from all backgrounds, including those you might not expect. The Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services reports that 544,000 Tennesseans suffered from substance abuse issues last year.
Street says the stigma surrounding drug addiction harms those who need help.
"I just think they're afraid that they're not going to be accepted; that people are going to think that morally it's not acceptable. So it just restricts people from seeking to get the help they need."
Shelly Graybeal and her husband, Scott Johnson, were both fired from the Sheriff’s department after messages between them detailing methamphetamine use were discovered.
The sheriff’s department did not answer requests for further comment at this time.
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