Attorney’s Office

  • I suspect my son, daughter, relative, coworker, etc is using drugs can we force them to receive treatment?

    Yes, forced treatment of substance abusers takes place under Chapter 125 of the Iowa Code and allows for forced hospitalization of people who are Chronic Substance Abusers if:

    1. They habitually lack self control as to the use of chemical substances and as a result of that habitual lack of self control:
    • They lack judgmental capacity with respect to their hospitalization or treatment; and
    • They are dangerous.Dangerousness can be proved in one (1) of two (2) ways, either:
      • As a result of their lack of self control they are likely to physically injure themselves or others if allowed to remain at liberty without treatment; or
      • As a result of their lack of self control they are likely to endanger their health if allowed to remain at liberty without treatment.
  • Contact Us

    Polk County Attorney's Office
    Polk County Justice Center
    222 Fifth Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50309

    Phone: (515) 286-3737
    Fax: (515) 286-3428
    Email: ctyatty@polkcountyiowa.gov