Effectiveness Bank Hot Topic. Naltrexone Treatment of Offenders: Ethics and Evidence

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Drug and Alcohol Findings
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Opinion is sharply divided on the ethics and effectiveness of pressuring opioid-dependent offenders to take the opiate-blocker naltrexone. Especially sharp is the controversy over long-acting products not approved for medical use in the UK. Is coercing offenders to accept naltrexone an unacceptable infringement of autonomy, or as caring as holding back someone about (by choice or not) to step off a cliff?