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The Drunken Drug Lord: Law Enforcement in the Emergency Department 

The Drunken Drug Lord: Law Enforcement in the Emergency Department
Chapter:
The Drunken Drug Lord: Law Enforcement in the Emergency Department
Source:
Legal and Ethical Issues in Emergency Medicine
Author(s):

Jeremy R. Simon

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190066420.003.0011

This chapter discusses the appropriate response of emergency physicians to requests to collect evidence, in particular, blood alcohol tests and ingested drugs, from patients for police and other law enforcement officers. The relevant ethical principles, legislation, and case law are reviewed. Recommendations are made regarding when and how it may be ethically appropriate to respond to such requests.

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