Author: Aaron Lessen, M.D.
- A “stuffer” is a term for someone who hastily and conceals a bag of drugs orally/rectally/vaginally in an unplanned situation. A “packer” is someone who is planning to smuggle drugs, and does so in a similar manner.
- “Stuffers”are more likely to have the drug container open up in their system, while packers tend to have more reliable containment, but typically have larger quantities on-board.
- Be on look out for symptoms associated with the drug’s exposure (drug dependent) as well as mechanical symptoms (perforation; obstruction).
- If suspicious, order CT as X-rays underestimate severity.
- Management: treat symptoms of intoxication appropriately, observe if packets are intact, consider surgery/endoscopy if necessary.
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