Just out of curiosity, if someone thinks they've OD'd on something and they phone their local poison hotline, does the line have rights to turn that person over to the police for illegal use of drugs? Or might the hotline send out an ambulance to your home or make a big scene? My friends and I were wondering this over a convo about drugs and what not. Thanks for all your replys in advance... :-)
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Well I dunno what a local posion hotline is (we don't get any of those where I live), but I reckon if you call up a hospital and say you've O.D'd they'd send an ambulance. Then, once you're in the hospital they have to ask routine questions, which could more than likely end in them contacting the police.
I'm just taking a stab in the dark with my answer, out of common sense though I'm giving my answer. Coz if, for example, a woman is admitted to a hospital having sustained physical injuries which resulted in physical abuse, after the routine questions asked (i.e how were they caused etc), and it is discovered it's due to physical abuse, the hospital contacts the police right?
That's why I assume it's kinda the same situation..
It probably depends on where you live. I am sure in many places the hospital would contact the police and legal action would ensue, but in other places its much different.
The only person I knew who od'd (he was an aquaintence of an aquaintence at a party) actually got a lot of help. We live in Portland OR, and he was on the oregon health plan. He od's on heroin (a HUGE problem in Portlant) and they paid for his hospital stay and rehabilitation.
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