Sly Stone Ordered to Continue Drug Program

Sylvester Stewart, professionally known as “Sly Stone” of the musical group Sly and the Family Stone was ordered to continue a drug diversion program today (July, 24 1980).

Stewart, 37, was placed in the program last October, due to criminal charges following his arrest for the possession of cocaine.

Deputy District Attorney Judy Abrams stated that Stewart was required to undergo counseling and periodic testing to determine whether or not the drugs were in his system.

Stewart formed the Family Stone group after his original group disbanded in 1966. In 1968, the new group released the single “Dance to the Music,” which peaked at No. 8 in the country.

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