Rights to Victims of Drug Endangerment
A Drug Endangered Child is one found in an environment where illegal drugs are manufactured, sold, distributed, used or where there is other significant evidence of illegal drugs. According to Kansas Statute, it is a crime to knowingly and unreasonably cause or permit a child under the age of 18 years to be placed in a situation in which the child’s life, body, or health may be endangered.
If you or someone you know is or has been a victim of Drug Endangerment, there is help available.
What to Expect
- Compassionate, supportive medical care
- Privacy to be maintained
- Have everything explained
- A complete history will be taken
- Seek informed consent
- Conduct a head-to-toe examination
- Collect evidence as indicated
- Perform lab work, if needed
- Perform imaging studies, if needed
- Provide follow-up and referrals
- Provide community resources
Preserving DNA Evidence
Evidence preservation is important to building a case and assisting forensic nurses and law enforcement. Patients should refrain from showering or bathing until they come to the hospital to be examined. Bring any other items related to the incident with you to the hospital or give them to law enforcement.