Mandatory (or compulsory) treatment is a tool often reached for by governments during moments of alcohol and/or illicit drug crises. It has come to the fore as a potential policy panacea in recent times in response to ongoing concern about the rise of crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) use, regional concerns over alcohol abuse, and the desire to address alcohol and other drug (AOD) problems in young people. However, in public debate there is a significant lack of clarity about what mandatory treatment is, who benefits from it, and how it might be implemented. In addition, there is confusion about the existing evidence-base and the extent to which mandatory treatment is an effective and cost-effective approach for people with AOD problems…
SOURCE: Vuong T, Ritter A, Hughes C, Shanahan M, Barrett L. “Mandatory alcohol and drug treatment: What is it and does it work?.” UNSW Sydney, 2019.
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