The Insanity Offense

The Insanity Offense

How America's Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393066586
0393066584
Branch Call Number: 362.1968 Tor
Characteristics: xvi, 265 p.

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Jul 27, 2016

It is impossible to read this book without becoming enraged by the collective stupidity and willful blindness of the crusading libertarian lawyers and bean-counting neo-conservative politicians whose unholy alliance brought us all to this place.
The calamitous examples author Fuller cites will both break your heart and terrify you as you read one awful saga after another of families coping with mentally ill loved ones they cannot rescue (or from whom they cannot protect themselves) because Orwellian state laws prevent involuntary treatment for sick people who don't understand they are sick. Additionally, the mentally ill are under no obligation to take prescribed medication, even when it has been clearly demonstrated that doing so can save their lives and the lives of others. This is supposedly a violation of their civil rights.

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