Medicalization of Psychoactive Substance Use and the Doctor- Patient Relationship
Levine, Robert J.
Milbank Quarterly. 1991; 69(4): 623-640.
Suppose the United States adopted a policy of medicalizing cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and other substances commonly called "psychoactive substances of abuse." Under such a policy these substances could be obtained on the prescription of a physician; when thus acquired, their possession or use would no longer be considered criminal offenses. What effect would such a new policy have on the practice of medicine? Are there features of the norms and traditions of medical practice that might thwart the implementation of such a policy? Are there reasons to believe that physicians or patients would or should either welcome or resist the medicalization of psychoactive substances of abuse? In this essay I will attempt to respond to these questions....
Abortion; Behavior Control; Conscience; Criminal Law; Disease; Drug Abuse; Drugs; Heroin; Illegal Abortion; Illness; Law; Legal Obligations; Medicine; Moral Obligations; Normality; Patient Care; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physician's Role; Physicians; Psychoactive Drugs; Public Policy; Risks and Benefits; Self Induced Illness;
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