Don't mistake diabetics for drunks - - Jackson, MS

Don't mistake diabetics for drunks

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Local police officers took part in a special training hosted by the American Diabetes Association. During the Diabetes Emergencies Seminar, officers became more knowledgeable about working with citizens who have diabetes.

The seminar proved beneficial for the officers because among many things, they learned how to tell the difference between someone who has diabetes versus someone who is intoxicated.

A diabetic suffering from low or high blood sugar can easily be mistaken for someone under the influence.

Primus Wheeler, III from the Hinds County Sheriff Department says, "Basically what this class is teaching us is that every person that you stop and come in contact with, that may have some signs that they may be impaired, may not be impaired; they may have some medical condition that needs to be addressed at that point in time."

More than 350,000 people in Mississippi have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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