Clinical Communication to the Editor| Volume 131, ISSUE 8, e321-e322, August 2018

Ethico-Legal Challenges of Drug Packing—A Case Report

      Body-packing, or the internal concealment of illicit drugs, has been described worldwide and is typically used to smuggle drugs across secure borders. Body-packers who swallow or insert packets of illicit drugs into body cavities are at risk for acute toxicity and gastrointestinal obstruction. We present a case of body-packing that exposed the challenging ethical and legal aspects of caring for such patients. We bring them to the forefront of discussion in light of the growing opioid epidemic, because there are no specific guidelines for handling these complex situations.
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