Involuntary mental health outpatient treatment won't make us safer [Letter]

March 13, 2014

Well, well, what a surprise, Maryland is poised to pass some form of an indefinite forced medication bill ("Legislation pushes involuntary mental health treatment," March 10).

Presumably the forced ingestion will end when the subject is cured or hell freezes over, whichever comes first.

And all in the name of some perceived safety benefit. I say perceived because, 1) the evidence shows the so-called mentally ill are not any more prone to violence than the general population, and 2) Adam Lanza, the Virginia Tech shooter and James Holmes all had contact with mental health workers before their acts but none were set free due to lax commitment rules. The fact is mental health workers are not mind readers, as Maryland's actions would suggest. They have proven time and again unable to spot a potential shooter.

So what Maryland is about to do is engage in a mental health dragnet where everybody is forced to indefinitely take their "meds," whether it helps them or not. Maryland would sentence the poor woman from the story who is now an advocate for the mentally ill to drooling her way through the rest of her life.

This bears no resemblance to the "land of the free." Are we really to the point of forcing pills of dubious value down the throats of citizens?

It would seem so. Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Godspeed, Maryland.

Virgil Moore, Catonsville

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