• In an analysis recently published in BMJ, which coincided with the UN High-Level Meeting on HIV in New York, Boston Medical Center (BMC) clinician-researchers assessed current global evidence and found that mandatory treatment for people with substance use disorders is not effective in reducing their drug use. In addition, mandatory treatment, which is defined as treatment ordered, motivated, or supervised under the criminal justice system, done without a patient’s informed consent violates their human rights and does more harm than benefit to the patient.
  • “The evidence presented in this article provides additional argumentation supporting the position of all UN organizations that mandatory treatment settings do not represent a favorable or effective environment for the treatment of drug dependence,” said Fabienne Hariga, MD, MPH, senior adviser to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime during the recent meeting in New York. “The United Nations, therefore, calls on States to transition from mandatory drug treatment and implement voluntary, evidence-informed, and rights-based health and social services in the community.”

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