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Coercion or Caregiving? Client and Caregivers’ Perspectives on Court Mandated Disulfiram Use

  • Walter P. Shepherd
  • P. Clayton Rivers

Abstract

The past decade of legal action in this country has reflected an increased concern by members of both the legal and mental health professions for those individuals caught in the interface between the legal and mental health systems (Wyatt v. Stickney, 1972; Wexler, 1975). As might be expected, the concern for the civil rights of these individuals has been unevenly distributed with some areas, e.g., the rights of the mentally ill in the commitment process, receiving considerable attention and other areas being almost entirely neglected. The focus of the present paper is on one of these neglected areas, the practice of including disulfiram (Antabuse) as part of a client’s probation for a legal system offense that is related to alcohol use and abuse.

Keywords

Alcohol Problem Mental Health System Carbon Disulfide Court System Legal Offense 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter P. Shepherd
    • 1
  • P. Clayton Rivers
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NebraskaLincolnUSA

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