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(CBC)   Man repeatedly confronted by police for public drunkenness. Problem: It's actually Huntington's disease   (cbc.ca ) divider line
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2014-01-14 10:50:03 PM  
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brimed03: How big is the town?  Is it possible for him to meet with the officers during a morning/afternoon roll call and explain the condition, so they all know him and what it's about?

I feel bad for both "sides" in this one.  The cops are just trying to do their job, and you can't just ignore someone who appears drunk because it might actually be a disease.  You still have to check it out.  And it's a rare enough disease that you can't entirely expect cops to be familiar with it.  And again, even if they are, they still have to investigate.

Of course, it's absolutely horribly and stigmatizing for the person with the disease.  He's got enough to deal with, without having to go through this every time he sets foot outside.  Mortifying.  Would make me want to become a recluse too.  Or scream at the officers after the 15th time.


Sounds like there needs to be a meeting of the minds.

I dunno. The guy with the neurodegenerative disease might have an unfair advantage over the average cop.
2014-01-15 02:05:50 AM  
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Bumblefark: Occam might suggest to the cops that a drunk person would normally smell like booze.


Occam's twin bladed razor says, it's hard to smell a drunk, when you've been drinking too.
2014-01-14 10:10:59 PM  
1 vote:
I want to find out if I have this disease. If only I could sober up long enough.
 
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