By Gerri L. Elder
Total Criminal Defense
While most people are aware of police use of Taser weapons, many may be fairly shocked to learn of an alternate method used by police in Nashville, Tennessee to subdue “unruly” people. The city has a policy allowing police to inject unruly people that they encounter on the street with a strong sedative.
One of the doctors responsible for this bright idea claims that it is the safest option available and that it is being used all over the country. However, a top medical ethicist says that it is troubling.
The drug used by police is Midazolam, which is better known as Versed. This drug is commonly used with patients undergoing a colonoscopy. It has an amnesia side effect, according to biomedical ethics and law enforcement expert Dr. Steven Miles.
While the use of the drug is safe for patients who have been screened and had their medical histories reviewed, its use on the street is a bit alarming.