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The care of individuals with substance misuse problems detained in police custody

  • Hamid Ghodse (a1), Margaret Stark (a2) and Ralph Lawrence (a3)
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Substance misuse is a substantial and growing problem. Forensic physicians are increasingly being asked by the police to assess substance misusers' fitness to detained, the need for treatment and fitness for interview. Many substance misusers come into contact with the police either for drug offences or for offences committed to maintain their habit, such as shop-lifting and burglary, and a forensic physician will then be called under the guidance given in the Codes of Practice 1991 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (1991).

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The care of individuals with substance misuse problems detained in police custody

  • Hamid Ghodse (a1), Margaret Stark (a2) and Ralph Lawrence (a3)
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