Tell TV’s Dr. Drew: It’s NOT OK To Frame People For Drugs

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Dr. Drew thinks framing people for drugs and getting them arrested is a good treatment for addiction.

‚ÄčTelevision personality and “addiction specliaist” Dr. Drew Pinsky recently prescribed framing people for drugs and getting them arrested as an acceptable treatment for addiction.

Dr. Drew said, “If [Lindsay Lohan] were my daughter, I would just pack her car full with illegal substances, send her on her way, call the police, and make sure she was arrested. I would make sure she was not allowed to get out of jail.” This incredibly irresponsible advice is not only unethical, it’s also illegal and downright dumb.

The Association for Addiction Professionals’ code of ethics says: “I shall refrain from using any methods that could be considered coercive such as threats, negative labeling, and attempts to provoke shame or humiliation.”

As a so-called “addiction specialist,” Dr. Drew should be well aware that addiction is a serious health problem, and it should be dealt with as any other disease: with compassion rather than with coercion and subterfuge.
Instead, Dr. Drew’s ignorant comment perpetuates the punitive, knee-jerk “law enforcement model as medical treatment” response to addiction that has only succeeded in filling our prisons and breaking up families.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy wants Dr. Drew to apologize for these irresponsible and inexcusable remarks.
SSDP invites you to take 10 seconds to sign their Facebook petition here.

To: Dr. Drew

We petition that…

Dr. Drew, you recently told Radar Online, “If [Lindsay Lohan] were my daughter, I would pack her car full with illegal substances, send her on her way, call the police, and make sure she was arrested. I would make sure she was not allowed to get out of jail.”

This incredibly irresponsible advice is not only unethical, it’s also illegal.

The Association for Addiction Professionals’ code of ethics states: “I shall refrain from using any methods that could be considered coercive such as threats, negative labeling, and attempts to provoke shame or humiliation.”

As a so-called “addiction specialist,” you should know that addiction is a serious health problem, and it should be dealt with like any other disease: with compassion rather than coercion. Instead, your comment perpetuates the punitive, knee-jerk response to addiction that has only succeeded in filling our prisons.

Dr. Drew, please apologize for your irresponsible remarks.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned

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