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Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act 2010

Parliament of Victoria Country Resources Substance Abuse Legislation Australia, Victoria 10 August 2010 Legislation/regulation alcohol, human rights, substance use

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The purpose of this Act is to provide for the detention and treatment of persons with a severe substance dependence.

The objectives of this Act are—
(a) to provide for the detention and treatment of persons with a severe substance dependence
where this is necessary as a matter of urgency to save the person's life or prevent serious damage to the person's health; and
(b) to enhance the capacity of those persons to make decisions about their substance use and
personal health, welfare and safety.

This Act must be interpreted, and every function conferred or imposed by this Act must be performed or exercised, so that—
(a) detention and treatment is a consideration of last resort; and
(b) any limitations on the human rights and any interference with the dignity and self-respect
of a person who is the subject of any actions authorised under this Act are kept to the
minimum necessary to achieve the objectives specified above.

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