Should drug courts, judges and probation offices be making decisions about substance use treatment?
“Patients who are required to attend substance use programs because of legal problems often encounter a frustrating lack of choice in the type of treatment provided. Often, judges, drug courts and parole officers, as opposed to trained medical professionals, are responsible for making important decisions about treatment and medication. This can lead to a scenario in which the treatment rendered is in keeping with the philosophy of the person who is mandating it but not necessarily an appropriate fit for the individual patient. It remains unclear if drug courts have made things more or less punitive towards those charged with drug offenses. Adam Sledd works in a program that interfaces with the criminal justice system, giving him a clear picture of some important issues worth exploring.”
Source: TheFix.com – February 11, 2016