Illinois is in need of a Marchman's/Baker's Act....addiction to drugs or alcohol (a drug) can make the addict a threat to themselves or others in many cases. Addiction to alcohol or drugs is defined as a mental illness by the DSM-IV, the diagnostic manual for mental illness for Psychiatrists and Clinical Social Workers. Our justice system is in need of reform. By allowing those afflicted with this disease to continue hurting themselves or others, it inflicts pain on their loved ones. It's allowing abuse to continue. Criminalizing addiction is only making a profit off of addiction by the states who don't allow involuntary commitment of addicts. Judges who are aware of criminals with addiction problems should do what they can to force the illness to be treated, rather than showing their ignorance, incompetence, and enabling addicts to continue their behavior. Irrational thinking by addicts who need help is a threat to those around them. It is sad that so many local police, judges, and courts, are of little help to those who care for them and suffer from their mental illness right along with them. States with Marchman and Bakers Acts for addiction have lower crime rates, lower unemployment, lower poverty rates, less murders, and less children in foster care.
- Pre-Social Work, 1998 - 2001
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