Laws Authorizing Involuntary Commitment for Substance Use

The opioid crisis has spurred states to adopt new policies relating to involuntary commitment of individuals for substance use and addiction. This dataset details these laws along a number of key parameters to assist researchers, policymakers, members of the media, and others in understanding the current landscape of civil commitment policy across the U.S. as it relates to substance use. 

Please note, an updated version based off of this work now appears on the Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System at

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