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United Kingdom. Department of Health. (2013) The medical care of suspected internal drug traffickers – independent report of the Chief Medical Officer’s expert group. London: Department of Health.

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The smuggling of illegal narcotics into the UK by way of internal concealment poses unique challenges, not simply in terms of the detection and apprehension of suspected individuals, but in the provision of care and any subsequent medical attention they may require. Recognition of the potential risks faced by such detainees and the need to ensure their safety and wellbeing during the jurisdictional process is essential.

At present, variable factors affect the care and management of individuals who, amongst other terms, are referred to as ‘Body-Stuffers’, ‘Body-Packers’ and ‘Swallowers’. Collectively this population is described as Suspected Internal Drug Traffickers (SIDTs). SIDTs are managed by UKBA in a variety of different settings as the jurisdictional process unfolds, including the location where they are apprehended; on the way to and within the custodial setting; and the magistrates’ court where charges against them are made. In each environment, the situation risks complication due the potentially sudden and serious, but uncommon, occurrence of a medical emergency. Such an emergency may result from the rupture of a package containing drugs.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Treatment method, Harm reduction, Crime prevention, Screening / Assessment
Date
2013
Pages
58 p.
Publisher
Department of Health
Corporate Creators
United Kingdom. Department of Health
Place of Publication
London
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Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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