Letters

Drug misuse stems from a person's autonomy to choose

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7191.1142a (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1142
  1. J M Hall, Senior medical officer
  1. HM Prison, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 4AS

    EDITOR—Robertson's critique of prison medical care of drug misusers would be valid if his fundamental proposition that drug misuse is a disease was held by all.1 If this were the case then clearly medical practitioners would have a duty both to prevent the disease and to mitigate its sequelae.

    Drug misuse is not a disease in the sense of an unfortunate assault on one's health. …

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