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Offline Vortex

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Hormone treatment in prisons for transexuals
« on: 04 Apr 15, 02:54:pm »
Just curious and can't find an answer to my question online.
I've been on hrt for nearly six years. I've had had a surgery as well.
If I go to prison will I be allowed to keep taking my hrt or will they take it away from me?

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Re: Hormone treatment in prisons for transexuals
« Reply #1 on: 04 Apr 15, 03:18:pm »
We are actually just getting some new info from Corrections on this and should have an answer for you soon!

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Re: Hormone treatment in prisons for transexuals
« Reply #2 on: 04 Apr 15, 07:34:pm »
The Corrections website says

Prisoners often continue taking the same medicine

In New Zealand, we don’t automatically ‘stop’ prisoners’ medicines when they enter prison. Prisoners continue on the same medication until the medical officer (the doctor) has assessed their health and reviewed their medicines. Often, the same medication is continued, though some changes may be made depending on the doctor’s assessment of the prisoner’s needs. One of our registered nurses checks all medicines brought into prison to ensure they are safe – for example, to check it hasn’t expired and that it belongs to that person.

We prescribe any necessary drugs

Prison doctors can prescribe any medication that the patient needs. We treat prisoners in a holistic way to find alternatives to addictive drugs, thus supporting their rehabilitation and reintegration. Prisoners who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes are never forced to withdraw suddenly without help. For example, we follow best practice clinical guidelines for alcohol and drug withdrawal, and for smokers we provide smoking cessation support, including access to counselling and nicotine replacement therapy.

Prisoners access specialist health services

Prisoners who are referred for specialist services, including hospital care, are treated like anyone in the country; they have to meet the same criteria and wait the same length of time.

So - if already on meds that work and your doctor respected by prison doctor, should probably be OK.  If not yet on meds, or doctor unknown, or prison doctor doesn't like you - may be problems.

If facing this issue, get legal advice from a lawyer like Kelly Ellis who is knowledgeable in the rules.

« Last Edit: 06 Apr 15, 01:43:pm by Jim »