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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-24-10 07:51 AM
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By Kevin Poulsen May 20, 2010 | 5:46 pm | Categories: Hacks and Cracks, The Courts

Last month Adrian Lamo, a man once hunted by the FBI, did something contrary to his nature. He picked up a payphone outside a Northern California supermarket and called the cops.

Someone had grabbed Lamos backpack containing the prescription anti-depressants hed been on since 2004, the year he pleaded guilty to hacking The New York Times. He wanted his medication back. But when the police arrived at the Safeway parking lot it was Lamo, not the missing backpack, that interested them. Something about his halting, monotone speech, perhaps slowed by his medication, got the officers attention.

An ambulance arrived. After a few moments of conversation, they just kind of exchanged a look and told me to get on the stretcher, says Lamo.

Thus began Lamos journey through Californias mental health system and self discovery. He was transported to a local emergency room and put under guard, and then transferred to the Woodland Memorial Hospital near Sacramento, where he was placed on a 72-hour involuntary psychiatric hold under a state law allowing the temporary forced hospitalization of those judged dangerous or unable to care for themselves. As the staff evaluated him and adjusted his medication, a judicial officer extended his stay, and three days became nine.

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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 04:14 PM
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1. Institutionalized for Asperger's?!
Just yesterday someone yelled at me "Did you take your meds today?" Imagine if that had been a cop... :scared: :scared: :scared:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 10:52 PM
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2. We had a guy we took on for a 72 hour hold
not aspergers, but his meds were way off. He told us months later, after the anger subsided, we saved his life. I can see it here.
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