Prescription Drug Abuse Help
Recognizing Signs of Substance Abuse
- Changes in behavior and attitude
- Deteriorating family relationships
- Long unexplained absences
- Lying and stealing
- Obvious intoxication, delirious, incoherent, or unconscious
- Seclusive behavior (long periods spent in self imposed isolation)
- Tracks of needle marks normally found in the upper arms of users
397.6811 Involuntary assessment and stabilization
A person determined by the court to appear to meet the criteria for involuntary admission under s. 397.675 may be admitted for a period of 5 days to a hospital or to a licensed detoxification facility or addictions receiving facility, for involuntary assessment and stabilization or to a less restrictive component of a licensed service provider for assessment only upon entry of a court order or upon receipt by the licensed service provider of a petition. Involuntary assessment and stabilization may be initiated by the submission of a petition to the court.
- If the person upon whose behalf the petition is being filed is an adult, a petition for involuntary assessment and stabilization may be filed by the respondent's spouse or guardian, any relative, a private practitioner, the director of a licensed service provider or the director's designee, or any three adults who have personal knowledge of the respondent's substance abuse impairment.
- If the person upon whose behalf the petition is being filed is a minor, a petition for involuntary assessment and stabilization may be filed by a parent, legal guardian, legal custodian, or licensed service provider.
For more information on the Marchman Act - Please contact St. Lucie County Clerk of Court Mental Health Division at 772-462-6921.