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Legal and ethical issues 

Legal and ethical issues
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Legal and ethical issues
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10.1093/med/9780198714750.003.0026
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date: 16 June 2019

Chapter 26 of Addiction Medicine provides practical guidance on common legal issues that arise in the care of individuals with substance use disorders. The chapter includes guidance on managing the relationship between substance use and driving (drink driving, drugs and driving, seizures and driving) from a clinical and a policy perspective. An individual’s substance use can also harm family members or other close contacts. Accordingly, this chapter describes approaches to child protection and to dealing with interpersonal violence. Legal issues relating to substance use and workplace safety are addressed. Finally, the roles of involuntary treatment and diversion from the justice system into treatment are considered.

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