2020 Arkansas Code
Title 20 - Public Health and Welfare
Subtitle 4 - Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics
Chapter 64 - Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Subchapter 7 - Persons Addicted to Alcohol
§ 20-64-701. Legislative findings

Universal Citation: AR Code § 20-64-701 (2020)
  1. (a) The purpose of this subchapter is to help prevent broken homes and the loss of life, health, money, and property by creating an agency which shall coordinate the efforts of all interested and affected state and local agencies; develop educational and preventative programs; promote and aid study and research relating to problems of alcoholism; and promote the establishment of constructive programs for treatment aimed at the reclamation and rehabilitation of alcoholics.

  2. (b) Alcoholism is recognized as an illness and a public health problem affecting the general welfare and economy of the state and, as an illness, is subject to treatment and abatement.

  3. (c) The sufferer of alcoholism is recognized as one worthy of treatment and rehabilitation.

  4. (d) The need for proper and sufficient facilities, programs, and procedures within the state for the study, control, and treatment of alcoholism is recognized.

  5. (e) It is contemplated and intended that this subchapter shall not become involved with or become a vehicle for either the commonly called “dry” or “wet” movements, for it is recognized that alcoholism is a problem irrespective of any laws relating to the manufacture, sale, or consumption of alcoholic beverages.

  6. (f) It is declared that the procedure for commitment of alcoholics, as provided for in this subchapter, is not punitive but is a committal for treatment of an illness affecting not only the individual involved but also the public welfare.

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