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Heroin, opioid users could be forced into treatment under new bill.

  1. detoxin momma

    OLYMPIA, Wash. - People struggling with heroin addiction and other opioids could be hospitalized against their will under a bill proposed by a Washington state lawmaker.

    The measure would expand the current Involuntary Treatment Act by including heroin and opioid users under "gravely disabled," which means they are at risk of physical harm due to an inability to care for their immediate needs of health and safety.

    The bill's sponsor, Sen. Steve O'Ban, R-University Place, told The Associated Press after a public hearing Monday his bill most likely won't advance this session due to budget constraints, but said the point of it was to start a discussion.

    Under Senate Bill 5811, a person could be detained if, within a 12-month period, they've had three or more arrests connected to substance abuse, had one or more hospitalizations related to drug abuse or if they have three or more visible track marks indicating intravenous heroin use.

    According to the National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws, 37 states and the District of Columbia have statutes in place allowing for the involuntary commitment of individuals suffering from substance use disorder, alcoholism, or both.

    photo: John Moore

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    Written by: associated press, KING, Mar 14, 2017, heroin, opioid users could be forced into treatment under new Wash. bill, KSDK news

Recent User Reviews

  1. Lunaris Lynx
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Mar 24, 2017
    I think this is absolutely wrong, not to mention dangerous! TheBigBadWolf made such a poignant point in saying that, "addicts come clean when they are ready to, not when they're forced into detox and rehab." I find this to be the indisputable truth.

    People forced into sobriety for legal matters do not usually remain sober. Furthermore, people who are forced into such programs will often return to their habit with a hunger that leads them to dose too much too soon. Forgetting how easily tolerance levels can drop, this can easily lead to overdose and death. I personally have lost a friend to this so I know the possibility is very true.

    Senate Bill 5811 would include anyone who went to the hospital in hopes of saving their lives in a suspected OD situation. These people would be subject to forced treatment. This will kill many people who will refuse to seek treatment because they do not want to be locked away in a forced treatment environment.
  2. Somewhere in the middle
    "Third vote for..."
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Mar 21, 2017
    I'm going to have to agree with the other two reviewers words "Haunts me" and "scary", adding in frightening!

    Just even having the "thought" out on the table and in the open is daunting to the mind. Although the criteria limits those who would suffer in its hands, that could be just the beginning.
  3. mess clean
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Mar 17, 2017
    Scary, scary, scary...kind of reminds me of...well, something horrible that happened last century with people being "hospitalized" against their will.

    At least the article states that this bill is unlikely to move forward...but, really, this is a conversation better left unstarted.


  1. DiabolicScheme
    What planet does this guy live on?

    The only thing this bill will accomplish is stopping people from going to the hospital when they overdose. I certainly wouldn't if they would hold me involuntarily.
    1. Spyder
      EXACTLY !!!
  2. TheBigBadWolf
    Fascistoid burning of money.

    We all(and the scientific world, too) know that addicts come clean when they are ready to, not when they're forced into detox and rehab.

    In my country about a third of rehab patients are court ordered, sitting in a nice rehab facility for six months is better than a year in jail - but from my experience this third don't work on their recovery but get in the way of those patients who take part because they want to.

    Two reasons why I think it's nonsense.
    They'd rather put more money in Maintenance Therapies, methadone, buprenorphine, extended release morphine and diacetylmorphine - forcing people into unwanted sobriety only leads to deaths when they overdo it with the first hit after being Six Months clean.

    Pure populist oxpoop it is.

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