Principles of Addictions and the Law

Applications in Forensic, Mental Health, and Medical Practice

Edited by

  • Norman S. Miller, Michigan State University, East Lansing, U.S.A.

The book includes an examination of sources of law important to addiction and its treatment. The foundations for forensic work in professional legal testimony is explored (e.g., legal system, case law precedent, statutes governing addictions, civil and criminal procedures). The science of addiction is featured including the biology of addiction, addiction as a brain disease, responsibility vs. loss of control, development of addictions, and the role of genetics and environment. Drug testing, its uses with forensic populations, what the tests show and do not show, controversies in using tests in the general population also receives extensive treatment. Addiction and mental illness in forensic populations is highlighted for addiction treatment and continuing care. Case studies and landmark cases illustrate the role of alcohol, drug use, and addictions in legal decisions.
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Mental health professionals including psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric social workers addiction counselors. Mental health administrators, managed care executives, physicians, lawyers, and law libraries will find this book useful.


Book information

  • Published: February 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-496736-6

Table of Contents

Preliminary Contents:Introduction in Addictions in Forensic and Medical Legal PracticeBasic Law for Addictions in the Criminal Justice SystemBasic Principles of Addictive DiseasePharmacology of Drug (Alcohol) EffectsDrug Testing for DrugsConfidentiality, Privilege and the Duty to Protect for the Addicted PatientAssessment of Risk for Suicide and Homicide in Addiction PopulationsDisability Claims and Workman's Compensation: Addictions in Medical and Psychiatric and Addiction CasesCompetence for the Addicted: Criminal and CivilInsanity Defense: Voluntary Intoxication and MitigationCriminal Incarceration and Civil Commitment for the AddictedChild Custody and Parental Rights with AddictionsSexual Predator Laws and Offenders with AddictionsJuvenile Court Referral and Assessment for AddictionsAddiction Treatment and Continuing Care in Forensic PopulationsAddictions in Corrections PopulationsRight to Treatment vs. Mandated Addiction TreatmentAddictions in Malpractice Cases and Expert Witness TestimonyAddictions and the Death Penalty