Michigan Substance Abusers Can be Forced into Treatment

There’s a new law in Michigan that lets families and medical professionals force help for those who struggle with substance abuse.

Governor Snyder signed the law last week.

Under it, a family member or health professional can ask a judge for a petition.

A court can order involuntary treatment for up to 72 hours, or until a hearing can be held to show there is evidence of abuse, or if the person appears to be a danger to themselves or others.

State law already allows involuntary treatment for mental illness and developmental disabilities reasons.