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Involuntary treatment for substance use disorder: A misguided response to the opioid crisis

By: Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH, Guest Contributor, Elisabeth J. Ryan, JD, MPH, Guest Contributor and Wendy E. Parmet, JD, Guest Contributor Recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker introduced “An Act Relative to Combatting Addiction, Accessing Treatment, Reducing Prescriptions, and Enhancing Prevention” (CARE Act) as part of a larger legislative package to tackle the state’s opioid crisis. The proposal would expand on the state’s existing involuntary commitment law, building on an already deeply-troubled system. Baker’s proposal…

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