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NCJ Number: 119652 Find in a Library
Title: Inpatient Treatment of the Mentally Ill Substance Abuser: Some Medicolegal Concerns
Journal: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment  Volume:6  Issue:1  Dated:(1989)  Pages:19-29
Author(s): D W Mann
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Alcohol and drug abuses complicate medicolegal issues in psychiatry by blurring the boundaries between medicine and law.
Abstract: The usual tests for the applicability of either legal or medical measures often cannot be applied to the dual diagnosis of alcohol or drug abuse and mental illness. Specific quandaries arise with involuntary hospitalization and treatment, and with evaluating patients for the courts. These problems are discussed and the concept of State-dependent competency is introduced, using a case vignette to illustrate several points. Legal theories of behavior assume freedom of action; medical theories assume determinism. Phenomena of addiction defy such distinctions and thus may pose difficulties that cannot reliably be assigned either a medical or a legal remedy. 2 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Medicolegal considerations
Index Term(s): Drug treatment; Involuntary treatment; Mentally ill offenders
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