City of Santa Barbara

January 18, 1995

TO: ALL PERSONNEL

FROM: R. A. BREZA, Chief of Police

SUBJECT: GENERAL ORDER #04-95 Medical Treatment for Persons Suspected of Swallowing Narcotics or Dangerous Drugs

There is an increasing incidence of people involved in narcotics activity attempting to dispose of evidence by ingesting it orally. Depending upon the containers and quantities of narcotics or dangerous drugs consumed, health hazards can develop. For this reason Section 4/212.06 of the' Department Manual is added as follows:

4/212.06 - Medical Treatment for Persons Suspected of Swallowing Narcotics or Dangerous Drugs.

An arrestee who swallows or is suspected of swallowing, any narcotic or dangerous drug shall be immediately transported to the nearest hospital for medical treatment and the watch commander or supervisor will be notified. After the arrestee has been treated and been given a medical release, he or she may then be booked. During booking at the jail, officers shall indicate the arrestee's condition in the "special medical problems" box of the Santa Barbara County Jail booking form. In addition, officers shall notify jail personnel of the arrestee's medical condition and provide a copy of the arrestee's medical release form. A copy of this medical release form shall also be attached to the arrest report.

If the arrestee refuses medical treatment and the circumstances are such that the hospital will not sign a medical release, the officer will indicate this fact in the "special medical problems" box of the Santa Barbara County Jail booking form and notify jail personnel of the arrestee's medical condition. Also, these circumstances shall be documented in the arrest report.

RAB/ANK/dn