Criteria for detention and treatment
The following criteria for detention and treatment must apply before detention and treatment are considered.
1. The person has 'severe substance dependence' when:
- the person has a tolerance to the substance
- the person shows withdrawal symptoms when they stop using, or reduce the level of use of the substance
- the person is incapable of making decisions about their substance use and personal health, welfare and safety due primarily to the person's dependence on the substance.
2. Due of the person's severe substance dependence, immediate treatment is necessary as a matter of urgency to save the person's life or prevent serious damage to the person's health.
3. The treatment can only be provided to the person through the admission and treatment of the person in a treatment centre.
4. There is no less restrictive means reasonably available to ensure the person receives the treatment (including an unwillingness to engage in voluntary treatment).