Leo Beletsky, JD, MPH

Leo Beletsky is an Associate Professor of Law and Health Sciences at Northeastern University, and an Adjunct faculty member at UCSD School of Medicine. His expertise is on the interface of law and public health, with focus on the role of policy and other structural drivers of the opioid crisis.


Posts by Leo Beletsky, 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.