Elisabeth J. Ryan, JD, MPH

Elisabeth Ryan, JD, MPH, is the Legal Fellow at the Northeastern University School of Law Center for Health Policy and Law. She has formerly practiced as a public defender and as deputy general counsel for the Massachusetts public safety executive office. She currently heads Public Health Law Watch and her work focuses on the intersection of criminal justice and public health.

Posts by Elisabeth J. Ryan, JD, MPH

Involuntary treatment for substance use disorder: A misguided response to the opioid crisis

Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH

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Wendy E. Parmet, JD

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A proposed expansion of the existing laws in Massachusetts that allow involuntary commitment of a person with substance use disorder may be motivated by genuine concern, but available data suggest this approach is less effective than voluntary treatment, and may even be more dangerous.