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Should the government be allowed to forcibly medicate a mentally ill suspect so he/she can stand

Should the government be allowed to forcibly medicate a mentally ill suspect so he/she can stand trail?

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:13 AM on Nov. 18, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Well, what are the choices? IF the person is mentally incompetent per MD diagnosis, they will be institutionalized and forcibly medicated- and when deemed medically stable will stand trial. Mo matter WHAT this person will be housed and medicated- if they refuse meds, they would be forced in this situation. Locked up and medicated is locked up and medicated.

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:19 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • The government shouldn't forcibly medicate anyone for any reason.
    Gal51

    Answer by Gal51 at 11:25 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • If it will help them understand their rights and the trial. I think it's more for the welfare of the accused than anything.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:25 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Nope.
    bellsandheels

    Answer by bellsandheels at 11:14 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • No.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:19 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Think Andrea Yates- she could refuse meds all day long (dont think that she did), but she's still locked up. Plus what about court orders? Termination of rights for incompetence?

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:21 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • No, that's really dangerous, especially when who is competent is subject to personal opinion.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:23 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Medication should not be forced or anyone ever. It should be the patient's choice.
    purpleducky

    Answer by purpleducky at 11:33 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • Thinking of Andrea Yates, who was deemed medically incompetent prior to trial...How else would she be medically treated? I guess she could refuse treatment, but again is it appropriate for the court to step in and override her decision once she has been deemed mentally incompetent? What about her rights as a patient? Again, referring to those accused pts  who have been deemed by the courts and medical professionals to be incompetent. What are the other options for treatment? She's a pt first and sick pts should be treated. If it's the mind and processing that is the issue, another adult (or court) must step in and make the decision-

    Sisteract

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:36 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

  • 110% NO. that is a slipperly slope that could lead to court mandated medication for who knows who !! you cannot FORCE people to take medications against thier will. even if its in thier own best interest. its WRONG to do so.
    katiPeas

    Answer by katiPeas at 11:37 AM on Nov. 18, 2010

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