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Burke, G. and Walshe, DG (1995) Addiction and temporary certification: a proposed change to legislation and it's possible implication for clinical practice. Irish Medical Journal, 88 (6). pp. 219-220.

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The Mental Treatment Act (1945) is currently undergoing review to enable Ireland to meet it's international obligations. The Green Paper on Mental Health (1992) makes a number of suggestions regarding this. One such is the deletion of Addiction as sufficient grounds for involuntary admission to a psychiatric hospital or unit. This study looked at the possible impact such a proposal might have on the doctor's clinical choice in the management of addiction. The casenotes and temporary certificates of 191 involuntary admissions to St. Brendan's Hospital were examined. 9 cases (4.7%) were admitted for the direct effect of addiction, i.e., intoxication or uncomplicated withdrawal.

The conclusion of this study is that the deletion of the addiction criterion from future mental health legislation would, in itself, have little impact on the number of committals. This is because the majority of those with evidence of Substance Abuse have a concurrent disorder that would be covered by the remaining criteria.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:November 1995
Page Range:pp. 219-220
Publisher:Irish Medical Organisation
Volume:88
Number:6
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Subjects:G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
L Social psychology and related concepts > Mode of participation > Involuntary (mandatory) participation
MM-MO Crime and law > Drugs and alcohol laws
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol related disorder > Drugs and alcohol related mental disorder
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