Under the circumstances the parent described I meant. We could section someone for 48 hours if they were thought to be suicidal but not hold them
beyond that point against their will. The parent says that the police in America would have helped her more and I'm querying if that is true.
I think she is looking for someone to blame, but should be looking closer to home. Her daughter had addiction problems before she came to Scotland.
I'm of your opinion, Mary, The problem with many, and not just addicts, is that "It's not my fault", or "Not my problem". Whilst it is saddening to hear of a life lost, the mum needs a reality check!
On a country by country basis, since laws vary, and in the USA on a state by state basis, you could always get a great deal of information regarding
being arrested, etc., by simply doing a search engine query something along the lines of 'can you be arrested for ODing on drugs' [ODing on drugs AND ODing as well as being in possession of drugs are different matters].
Be prepared for a very large number of hits that as per Logic 101 'lack' internal consistency re 'answers', and especially what happens then scenarios, legally and otherwise, to include involuntarily inpatient admissions to a drug treatment center/mental health facility, i. e., some sort of a health facility as opposed to a criminal justice facility, although some jails do have some sort of 'treatment' during the phase of 'illness' caused by drugs that exist to such a degree that the 'inmate' cannot be among the general prison population.
Being 'high' and ODing are also matters relating to this topic, such as is someone who has ODed, by definition, always unconscious according to the law???? Shall 'we' skip whether a blood test that can measure the level of illegal 'chemicals' in one's bloodstream enter into the picture???? And if so, does the prisoner/patient have to give informed consent to have that done???
And finally if you're transported to the hospital via ambulance in, let's call it in an OD state, when you regain consciousness, can you simply get up and leave if you want to?
I strongly urge everyone to forget about what they've seen in the movies/TV on the range of issues in this topic area.
With any form of addiction, be it drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, or any other vice. Until you are willing to admit you have a problem, there is
little anyone else can do about it. Any enforced rehabilitation sees a higher rate of recidivism than voluntary programs.
One mummy hating the country because "they" did not do something.... I can live with that.