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NCJ Number: 156400 Find in a Library
Title: Compulsory Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Journal: Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1993)  Pages:403-415
Author(s): W E Sowers; D C Daley
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 13
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Substance abuse disorders in the United States represent a cause of significant suffering for individuals and impose a tremendous burden on society in terms of related social costs.
Abstract: Further, drug policies in the United States have failed to significantly affect the prevalence or the deleterious effects of substance abuse disorders. Crime, violence, family disruption, and economic displacement are felt most acutely by already impoverished and disadvantaged communities. The need for a public health approach to substance abuse disorders, as opposed to a law enforcement solution, is discussed. Special attention is paid to compulsory drug treatment approaches in the context of their history and effectiveness. Positive and negative aspects of compulsory treatment approaches are summarized, and the expanded use of treatment options for individuals involved with the criminal justice system is examined. 39 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): Courts; Drug regulation; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment programs
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