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NCJ Number: 158398 Find in a Library
Title: Mandatory Treatment for Drug Use During Pregnancy
Journal: Journal of the American Medical Association  Volume:266  Issue:11  Dated:(September 18, 1991)  Pages:1556-1561
Author(s): W Chavkin
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Some States have proposed mandatory treatment for pregnant women who use alcohol or other drugs.
Abstract: The U.S. experience with mandatory treatment of chemical dependency has occurred in three other settings: mandatory treatment in the law enforcement context, civil commitment, and treatment ordered as a precondition for obtaining a privilege (i.e., maintaining a driver's license after conviction for drunk driving). Concerns regarding mandatory treatment relate to their efficacy, equity, quality and availability, and role confusion. The article discusses the relevance of these models to mandatory treatment programs for pregnant women. Opponents of compulsory treatment argue that it would discriminate against poor minority women, would be clinically ineffective, and would not serve the stated purpose of protecting the unborn fetus. Enhancing drug treatment services to better meet the needs of pregnant women and ensuring that such services are welcoming and useful to clients might be more effective in decreasing fetal and maternal exposure to toxic drugs. 63 references
Main Term(s): Pregnant drug abusers
Index Term(s): Children of drug abusers; Drug treatment; Involuntary treatment
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