Methadone versus torture: The perspective of the European Court of Human Rights

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serval:BIB_914C40F3F835
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
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Title
Methadone versus torture: The perspective of the European Court of Human Rights
Journal
Heroin Addiction and related Clinical Problems
Author(s)
Junod V., Wolff H., Scholten W., Novet B., Greifinger R.
Working group(s)
Dickson C., Simon O.
Publication state
Published
Issued date
02/2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
20
Number
1
Pages
31-36
Language
english
Abstract
For the first time, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has addressed the issue of whether persons with a heroin dependence syndrome in custodial settings are entitled to receive opioid agonist treatment (OAT). The court relied on Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits torture as well as inhuman or degrading treatment. It concluded that member states of the Council of Europe that refuse access to OAT have the burden of proving that an alternative medical approach would, in the case of an individual patient, be as effective as OAT. Such proof needs to be based on an independent medical opinion. This paper discusses the scope and limitations of the European Court of Human Rights’ judgment.
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08/03/2018 15:02
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