Tough questions about safety, illness and choice

Jan 9, 2019

Credit Deb Holman

A man living in a tent on Duluth's west end was rescued New Year's Day after being found in a nearby ravine.

The man, who may have been trapped in the ravine for several days, was known to local homeless advocates and had refused their services in the past.

People with mental illnesses and chemical dependency problems can refuse treatment for those conditions - and refuse help or other services, too.

But at what point does society need to - or even should - override someone's right to make their own decisions?