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Hospitals could hold addiction patients involuntarily

October 14, 2015
by Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker—a former health insurance CEO—this week is expected to propose a bill that would allow hospitals to hold individuals with addictions involuntarily for three days and obtain legal permission to place them in longer-term treatment, according to the Boston Globe. The Baker administration says it would be another tool in the toolbox to address the opioid addiction crisis.

More than 1,200 people died of overdoses in Massachusetts last year.

Currently, family advocates and law enforcement officers can go to court to seek 90-day civil commitments for those with addiction who pose a serious risk of suicide or harm to themselves or others. The new legislation would allow hospitals to play a similar role.

According to the Globe, more than 3,000 people have been sent to addiction treatment so far this year under the existing law.

Undoubtedly, the treatment industry will question exactly who would do the evaluations for the hospitals under Baker's new proposal and where the patients would be held. State-funded facilities that provide treatment might be possible resources.

The new policy is part of a larger effort to address the addiction crisis in Massachusetts by favoring treatment over incarceration. Separately, Baker has a $27.8 million proposal in his current budget bill for new addiction-related funding.



This was done before. At C.R.C. the N- number programs. A complete failure. Its was just a prison pretending to be a rehab to sucker in more money with doing practicly the end with the mixing of the regular numbers with the "patients" it failed for lack of ability to control the two different needs for control and discipline. With the one group supposed to be citizens with problems to be solved vs the others who were there for their punishment/Sentencing. They would regularly use extortion to get everything from the N-numbers. Who would do more time, if they got in any type of trouble. So they would be forced to bring in drugs, and pay off people in commissary items, so not to get in trouble. 140.00 or more with packages of things quarterly. No treatment that would help, once a person was back on the streets. So everyone would get out flounder, around in the same exact routine, that put them there in the first place. And within a month or less, they would be right back at C.R.C. "California rehabilitation center". Norco State Prison. I was involuntary committed there by my parents & wife supposedly for 90 to 120 days. After going there repeatedly for 8 years, at 120 days plus, to a year or so, at a time for any excuse to send me back. So they wouldn't have to do the monthly paperwork at the "Parole Office" my "Parole Officer" told me once. Because they had to do a lot more paperwork with us N-numbers, having to test us every month. Making them have to work for at least 15 minutes each on each N-number. Oh So Hard!! Finally so many assaults, extortion, drug trafficking, and more kept happening between the regulars and the N-numbers. And I finally did eight years on a ninety day rehab, involuntary commitment.

We cannot show too much indulgence to the addicted people it hasn't brought anything good in the past and such an approach proved already a lot of times its useless. So I suppose I support hospitals "imprisoning" patients with these special needs. If you want to enroll in a higher medical institution and need to showcase you thoughts and opinions on different issues you can Buy Personal Statement and writers can justify any point.