19 October 2009

A Death In Custody

One of the many problems with alcoholism is that intoxication can disguise underlying medical issues. Is that homeless person sprawled under the hickory tree in Washington Park sleeping, passed out from drink, or felled by a heart attack? Sometimes even people with clinical training have difficulty making these distinctions. Police in St.Clair County, IL faced this dilemna recently with one of their regular customers, a homeless woman who passed out while in jail for trespassing. See the link below. http://www.bnd.com/breaking_news/story/972395.html

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