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Royal College of Psychiatrists Medical Working Group. (2011) Substance misuse detainees in police custody: guidelines for clinical management: report of a medical working group. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists. College Report CR169.

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The guidelines recognise that the assessment and treatment of substance misusers present forensic physicians with particular challenges that require certain skills and experience to ensure appropriate management. They stress the importance of good communication, of working closely with custody officers and of shared responsibility for the safety and care of detainees with substance misuse. In particular, they stress the importance of:
• the full participation of forensic physicians in all aspects and at all stages
• of the healthcare of detainees with substance misuse/dependence providing advice to custody officers and others involved with detainees with substance misuse/dependence
• comprehensive contemporaneous records
• appropriate sharing of information in accordance with the law and the General Medical Council’s advice on professional confidentiality
• being aware when making all interventions that the interests of the detainee as a patient are paramount.

We believe that these guidelines will be of immense value to all practitioners in helping and supporting detainees and that they will also be useful for teaching purposes for medical and nursing staff and arrest referral officers.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Report
Drug Type
Alcohol, All substances, Cannabis, CNS depressants / Sedatives, CNS stimulants, Cocaine, Inhalents and solvents, Opioid, New psychoactive substance, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Harm reduction
Date
2011
Identification #
College Report CR169
Pages
82 p.
Publisher
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Corporate Creators
Royal College of Psychiatrists Medical Working Group
Place of Publication
London
ISBN
978-1-908020-38-3
Edition
4th edition
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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