This story would be more interesting if the why was included. Why are the police
involved in inventorying the medications of the dead? Did the family invite the
police in? Did they have a warrant? What was the basis for probable cause? Did
the family have a history of reselling the patient's medications?The West Valley Police Department is not well suited to monitor our medicine
cabinets. They need to clean out their own house first.
Bravo to the good cops.Prosecutors and courts, do your job on the
other one. Quickly.
@ No One - When someone dies, if there isn't a doctor to sign off as a
natural death, there is an investigation. It's called an unattended death
(there isn't an attending physician). Police are called in and the area is
considered a "crime area" until determined there is no foul play. There
doesn't have to be a warrant, nor an invitation from family. Part of the
investigation is to inventory meds in case of a possible overdose (or other
crimes). Don't you remember the story of a CNA in the nursing home selling
the deceased patients meds? It's basically an accounting to be sure there
isn't anything illicit going on. If the prescription was just filled with
30 tabs and there are only a few, it's a little suspicious - right?
It's not common for police to pocket them though. Most people aren't
aware that if you haven't been seen recently by a doctor (I think it's
within 3 months) before your death, you are subject to an autopsy -- at the very
least the ME's office becoming involved to investigate the circumstances.
It just protocol, nothing suspicious involving police presence.