Ethics & law
My housemate is dealing drugs
Marika Davies, a medicolegal adviser, gives advice on some common ethical dilemmas faced by medical students
- By: Marika Davies
You are in a worrying situation. Your housemate is engaging in criminal activity and, by doing so in your home, is putting you at risk. Under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 it is an offence not only to possess or supply a controlled substance, but also to allow premises you occupy to be used for the purpose of drug taking.
If the situation is discovered you are at risk: if there is any suspicion that by association you have been involved or have allowed the activity to take place, you could receive a conviction or caution from the police, and face a disciplinary or fitness to practise action by your university or medical school.
It is a personal matter for you whether or not to report your housemate to the university or the police, but in making this decision you must take into account that greater expectations are placed