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Addiction and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

  title={Addiction and the Americans with Disabilities Act.},
  author={Laurence M. Westreich},
  journal={The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law},
  volume={30 3},
  • L. Westreich
  • Published 1 September 2002
  • Medicine
  • The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
On July 26, 1990, the U.S. Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was intended as a broad, national, civil rights-oriented mandate "for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities," both physical and mental. ADA protection is extended, in limited form, to those with addiction disorders. However, many addicted individuals are denied ADA protection because of exclusionary criteria in the ADA itself and because of increasingly restrictive… 

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