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Catherine Nash sits at the memorial she created for her son, Jesse Harvey, who ran a grassroots needle distribution program in Maine. He died of an overdose in 2020. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Mass. is poised to spend millions on forced addiction treatment, reigniting debate over system

While many states use civil commitment, Massachusetts is believed to be the only state that, under the law known as Section 35, court-orders some men to treatment inside jails and prisons even if they haven't committed any crimes.

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