Police officers should seek immediate medical attention for prisoners they believe have swallowed drugs, according to a recommendation from the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner. It follows an inquiry into the arrest of a man who ended up in intensive care after taking legal highs.
The incident happened on 1 December 2014 in Edinburgh. The investigation found officers should have ensured the man was examined sooner by a healthcare professional. Commissioner Kate Frame said: "Where there exists a suspicion that prisoners have swallowed or absorbed drugs or other harmful substances it is imperative that police officers seek immediate medical attention for those individuals."
The investigation revealed that following reports of a disturbance in a common close, the man was handcuffed, arrested and placed into a police van. On the way to the police office, officers needed to stop the van due to the man's behaviour, at which point they saw him remove a package, which had been hidden in his body, and put it into his mouth.
Officers recovered as much of the package as they could but were unsure if the man had swallowed some of the material.
BBC/Marcj 30, 2015
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