Massachusetts’ contentious tactic to fight its opioid crisis: jailing addicts

State is placing persons who are involuntarily committed to treatment the section 35 process in jail or prison even though have not been charged The scene plays out every day in Massachusetts, thousands of times a year. A loved one is addicted to opioids. Their life is spinning out of control as they use more and more. Their family panics. Rehab can be unaffordable and it may require waiting for a spot. But they need to get their loved one somewhere they cant use before its too late. Its about now that they might consider section 35, a process in Massachusetts by which persons abusing drugs or alcohol can be involuntarily committed to treatment for up to 90 days after …