‘Choice, Compulsion, and Capacity in Addiction’ - A commentary on Charland, L. ‘Consent and Capacity in the Age of the Opioid Epidemic: The Drug Dealer’s Point of View’

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Abstract

Charland's article suggests that we need to think more about whether decision-making capacity is impaired in severe addiction, working from the idea that drug dealers rely on this understanding of addiction to draw in their clients. Charland argues that it is possible to make a choice without being in control (to make decisions without having decision-making capacity). I argue in support of Charland's ideas by examining the reasons supporting a medical model of addiction and its importance. (Charland article and full commentaries included)
Original languageEnglish
JournalBulletin of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry
Volume27
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • decision-making capacity
  • Addiction
  • Substance abuse
  • Autonomy
  • Moral responsibility
  • Psychiatry
  • philosophy of medicine
  • Philosophy of Law

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