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Your parents could get your sister hospitalized involuntarily if they can prove that she is a danger to herself or others. But just because she is an addict doesn't mean the hospital will admit her against her will and in fact they will not. It's only when she's not competent to make decisions that they would do that. So taking drugs when she wants to and when she's mentally competent would not be considered grounds for admitting her to a psychiatric ward. She cannot be admitted to a rehab center involuntarily.
For your parents to be appointed as your sister's legal guardians they would have to prove that she's mentally incompetent to a court and then they could make decisions about her care and about her finances but being an addict does not mean that she's mentally incompetent unfortunately.
Your parents are stuck the way so many families are when they're addicts in their families.
Do you see what I mean?
If the police take her to a psychiatric facility then psychiatrists would assess her and if they concluded that her only issue is that she's an addict they will release her. They do not admit addicts involuntarily simply because they are addicts. This is true even though addiction kills people. That is how our legal system and our mental health system function.
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