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BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39128.709699.471 (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:432

“Body stuffers” are drug dealers who conceal drugs in their mouths so they can quickly swallow them if they're approached by the police. This differs from body packers (“mules”), who smuggle packages of drugs in their bowels. In Hamburg, anyone suspected of having swallowed drugs in order to hide them is taken to the Institute of Legal Medicine, where drugs are retrieved by pharmacologically inducing vomiting. Since 2001 this method has successfully recovered drugs in two thirds of suspected cases. Most of the offenders were African men aged 16 to 25 (Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 2007;14:96-8 www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/711392/description#description).

Despite our hunger for all things digital, especially when they're free, Minerva was amused to discover that the demand for the printed directory of UK Self Help Groups and Support Organisations at £20 a pop continues to grow (see www.ukselfhelp.info/order). The website (www.ukselfhelp.info), containing the most up to date information, remains free of charge.

If a slump in blood pressure after lunch increases the risk of coronary …

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