Compulsory Treatment for Drug-Dependent Persons: Justifications for a Public Health Approach to Drug Dependency

Compulsory treatment for drug users is often rejected as neither an effective nor an acceptable exercise of state authority. Recent research studies indicate that compulsory treatment can work and that, if carefully put into effect, it can represent an important public health component of the response to drug use. Finally, a program of compulsory treatment can be shaped with concerns for due process in mind, so that civil liberties will not be violated.

Author(s): Lawrence O. Gostin

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Volume 69, Issue 4 (pages 561–593)
Published in 1991