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J R Soc Med. 1990 September; 83(9): 566–568.
PMCID: PMC1292816

Medication in police custody.


Police Officers have an obligation to look after the welfare of the persons detained by them. As such persons may require to be given medication on a regular basis during their period of custody which may last a few days, the Police are also responsible for ensuring that this takes place. To identify the extent of this requirement, a survey was carried out by questionnaire in Edinburgh over a period of one month. Thirty-five per cent [corrected] of the 127 detainees were carrying with them a variety of drugs or required to be given medication on a regular basis. The problems associated with this practice are discussed.

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