Patient commentary: Incarceration is dehumanising, but good healthcare can restore dignityBMJ 2020; 368 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m732 (Published 26 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m732
I arrived in prison a cocaine addict with a £2000 (€2390; $2580) a week habit. My daily consumption was so extreme that I supplemented it with copious amounts of Xanax to “take the edge off.” The reception prison doctor’s eyes bulged in disbelief, telling me that I could die from a seizure if I wasn’t properly detoxed.
Like many others, I was oblivious to the physical danger I’d been in, having neglected my health for years in addiction. I was grateful for the little cupful of benzodiazepine liquid handed though the “meds hatch” each day. It barely took the edge off the nightmare I was living, but at least I didn’t die.
That was …