Hayden, McLaughlin Respond to MPD Sedative Use
SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Assistant Senate DFL Leader Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin released the following joint statement in response to reports of the Minneapolis Police Department urging medical professionals to use ketamine to sedate patients and Hennepin Healthcare signing patients up for medical research without their consent.
“Ketamine is a serious drug, with side effects from amnesia to hallucinations. Health care decisions, including which drugs to take or whether to be involved in research studies, should be made between a patient and their health care providers – not at the direction of police.
“Performing medical research where patient consent is not given is unconscionable and unethical. While we understand Hennepin Healthcare claims it has followed federal research procedures, we believe an urban hospital that treats a large number of people of color and low-income Minnesotans must take extra care. Anything less disregards the history of maltreatment for these communities as test subjects for new drugs and medical procedures. This is unacceptable. We can – and must – do better.”