Drug misuse stems from a person's autonomy to chooseBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7191.1142a (Published 24 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1142
- J M Hall, Senior medical officer
- 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. …