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Criteria for detention and treatment

    (1)     A person must not be detained, or continue to be detained, for treatment under this Act unless—

        (a)     the person is 18 years of age or older; and

        (b)     each of the criteria specified in subsection (2) applies to the person.

    (2)     The criteria for the detention and treatment of a person under this Act are that—

        (a)     the person has a severe substance dependence; and

        (b)     because of the person's severe substance dependence, immediate treatment is necessary as a matter of urgency to save the person's life or prevent serious damage to the person's health; and

        (c)     the treatment can only be provided to the person through the admission and detention of the person in a treatment centre; and

        (d)     there is no less restrictive means reasonably available to ensure the person receives the treatment.

Part 2—Detention and treatment order

Division 1—Magistrates' Court

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