Medications
(and other treatment procedures)

Whose body is it?

Your rights concerning medication:
   
The landscape of mental health treatment has changed drastically as more and better
       medications are developed.
    You have the right to dialogue with your doctor. If your doctor prescribes
       medication(s), you have the right to know what it is for, the expected benefits and 
       the possible side effects, both short-term and long-term.
    You have the right to take some prescribed meds but not others. (Note that 
       bouncing on and off psychotropic medications is a risky business.) Other services
       cannot be linked to meds.
    If you experience side effects or if there are some medications you choose not 
       to take, you have the right to inform your doctor without fear of anger.
    You may choose not to take medications unless there is a court-order otherwise. 
       This is true even if you are in the hospital (except for certain emergency situations) 
       or on community probate.
    You have the right to consent to or refuse any procedures such as psychosurgery,
       electro-convulsive therapy (ECT or shock treatment) or similar procedures.
    You have the right to consent to or refuse to be involved in a research project. 
       Before you can consent, you must be informed of the nature of the research and 
       the possible consequences. You have the right to pull out of the project at any time.

Your rights (OAC 5122:2-1-02)
7.   
The right to freedom from unnecessary or excessive medication;
10.  The right to be informed of and refuse any unusual or hazardous treatment
       procedures
. (Also see such rights as #4, the right to consent or refuse.)

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