The Use of Immunotherapies and Sustained-Release Formulations in the Treatment of Drug Addiction

Will Current Law Support Coercion?

Published in: New Treatments for Addiction: Behavioral, Ethical, Legal, and Social Questions / Edited by Henrick J. Harwood and Tracy G. Myers (Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2004), Appendix E, p. 173-187

Posted on on January 01, 2004

by M. Susan Ridgely, Martin Y. Iguchi, James Chiesa

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While immunotherapies and sustained-release medications are viewed as an attractive solution to society for treatment of drug addiction, past experience suggests that among drug abusing populations some individuals will refuse treatment regimens or participate only sporadically, unless mandated to do so. This appendix addresses the following question: will current law support the coercive use of immunotherapies against drugs of addiction?

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