Clinical update

How to manage patients who may be concealing drugs internally

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has published a best practice guideline on managing cases of suspected internal drug trafficking

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine has published a best practice guideline on managing cases of suspected internal drug trafficking

Essential information

Most forms of illegal drugs originate overseas and are trafficked into the UK via various routes, says the National Crime Agency (NCA) , including in vehicles from continental Europe and by airline passengers.

Trafficking methods frequently rely on the recruitment of vulnerable people as mules – often at great risk to their lives and welfare, says the NCA.

People may conceal drugs by swallowing packages or placing them in their anus or vagina.

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