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Revised Code of Washington, Title 70, Chapter 70.96A Treatment for Alcoholism, Intoxication and Drug Addiction

Government of Washington State Country Resources Substance Abuse Legislation Washington State 31 December 2012 Legislation/regulation alcohol, drugs legislation, substance use

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Revised Code of Washington Title 70, Chapter 70.96A last revised 2012
This chapter deals with the Treatment for Alcoholism, Intoxication and Drug Addiction
(Formerly Uniform alcoholism and intoxication treatment)
"The legislature finds that the use of alcohol and other drugs has become a serious threat to the health of the citizens of the state of Washington. The use of psychoactive chemicals has been found to be a prime factor in the current AIDS epidemic. Therefore, a comprehensive statute to deal with alcoholism and other drug addiction is necessary.

The legislature agrees with the 1987 resolution of the American Medical Association that endorses the proposition that all chemical dependencies, including alcoholism, are diseases. It is the intent of the legislature to end the sharp distinctions between alcoholism services and other drug addiction services, to recognize that chemical dependency is a disease, and to insure that prevention and treatment services are available and are of high quality. It is the purpose of this chapter to provide the financial assistance necessary to enable the department of social and health services to provide a discrete program of alcoholism and other drug addiction services."

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