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COVID-19: Man charged after spitting and coughing on pharmacy staff

The man coughed and spat at pharmacy staff after being refused a weekend's supply of methadone
The man coughed and spat at pharmacy staff after being refused a weekend's supply of methadone

A man has been charged and remanded in custody after threatening staff in a Glasgow pharmacy, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) for Scotland has said.

A report from the PIRC said the man became verbally abusive after his demands for a full weekend’s supply of methadone were refused by pharmacy staff last month (May 8).

The man left the pharmacy but returned a short time later, at which point he “spat and coughed at” at one member of staff, the report said. He was then removed from the premises by a member of the public, whom he “threatened to shoot”.

The man also threatened to burn down the pharmacy and ignored social distancing guidelines during the incident. When police officers arrested the man, he told them he had COVID-19, the report outlined.

“Proportionate and necessary”

The case was referred to the PIRC by Police Scotland on 11 May, as the man was injured after his arrest. The PIRC report said the man deliberately struck his head on a seat in the police van, incurring a cut on his forehead, before he “struck his head with handcuffs, further injuring himself”.

“The man was taken to hospital, where officers put on full COVID-19 personal protective equipment before entering the hospital. Following treatment to a cut on his forehead, the man was released into police custody,” the report said.

The PIRC investigation looked at the police response to the incident under COVID-19 restrictions and procedures and found that the man’s behaviour was “extremely concerning and distressing for the pharmacy staff and arresting officers”.

The investigation concluded that the man’s injuries, sustained after he was arrested, were self-inflicted and that the officers’ response was “proportionate and necessary”.

4 Comments
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Have you experienced aggression from patients during the pandemic?

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Given what happened with those people on the trains, shouldn't he be charged with attempted murder?

Angry Pharmacist, Locum pharmacist

Apparently the man has complained to the GPhC and the Pharmacist will be charged, fined, vilified, taken off the register and ordered to pay full registration fees for the next 10 years after which he may allowed back on the register following a full apology and commitee hearing that will discuss if the Pharmacist must work 70+ hours a week for peanuts (literally) and whether or not more shiny new desks and fresh new carpets are required at 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf.

Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

This would be even funnier if there wasn't so much truth in it!

yasmin smith, Community pharmacist

true what has GPhC done for us except working against pharmacists especially community no wonder most hate their job we pay large sum of our fee to GPhC literally getting no support from them.  Why would they care sitting in their nice offices getting nice salaries 

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