Compulsory treatment for drug-dependent persons: justifications for a public health approach to drug dependency.

L. O. Gostin

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)561-593
Number of pages33
JournalMilbank Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)

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