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Addiction and autonomy: can addicted people consent to the prescription of their drug of addiction?

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It is often claimed that the autonomy of heroin addicts is compromised when they are choosing between taking their drug of addiction and abstaining. This is the basis of claims that they are incompetent to give consent to be prescribed heroin. We reject these claims on a number of empirical and theoretical grounds. First we argue that addicts are likely to be sober, and thus capable of rational thought, when approaching researchers to participate in research. We reject behavioural evidence pu...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, HUM, Philosophy, Philosophy Postholders
Role:
Author
Journal:
Bioethics
Volume:
20
Issue:
1
Pages:
1-15
Publication date:
2006-02-05
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EISSN:
1467-8519
ISSN:
0269-9702
URN:
uuid:04e1a28a-54f1-4991-b79e-816102bdf309
Source identifiers:
192341
Local pid:
pubs:192341

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