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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    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."

    Removed Package

    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
    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-32115594
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    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. TheBigBadWolf
    Re: Prisoner Swallowing Substance in Custody Brings Warning From Edinburgh Commission

    A ha.

    Harm Reduction, the offical side.

    I'm just a bit astonished that this has to be mentioned. What else would one do with a person who consumed an unknown amount of an unknown (or even known) substance?

    Put them in a cell and wait until they cease breathing?

    </sarcasm>
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