Drug Misuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 21st January 2003.

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Photo of Mary Scanlon Mary Scanlon Conservative

Question S1W-33065

To ask the Scottish Executive what plans are in place to carry out drugs testing at accident and emergency departments and police stations.

Photo of Hugh Henry Hugh Henry Labour

There are no plans to introduce routine drug testing in accident and emergency departments. Accident and emergency staff are trained in the recognition of substance abuse. They are aware that it may be a causal factor in a patient’s attendance at the department and that it may affect the clinical management of the patient.

Similarly, there are no plans for routine drugs testing in police stations. Police officers can request the attendance of forensic medical examiners, who could take biological samples from the person for testing. This could include, for example, drug testing where drug misuse is suspected.

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