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Body packing by drug smugglers-the transport of illicit drugs in packets swallowed or inserted into body cavities-is a global phenomenon and is becoming more prevalent. The medical care of these patients raises difficult medical and ethical problems. While the medical aspects of treating body packers have been systematically analysed, the ethical issues have received little attention in the literature. The patient may be under police custody or being sought by their criminal patron which maydoi:10.26719/2011.17.7.624 fatcat:f6rp4lay5faxddtdwehq4lw32e