From a criminal justice perspective, anesthetics may be used in connection with crimes involving the abuse or theft of these drugs.
For example, an anesthesiologist or other medical professional who diverts anesthetics for their own use or for sale on the black market may be subject to criminal charges. Additionally, anesthetics may be used in the commission of other crimes, such as by individuals who use drugs to incapacitate their victims in order to commit sexual assault or robbery. Anesthetics may also be used as part of the criminal production or distribution of drugs, such as in manufacturing synthetic opioids. In the criminal justice system, anesthetics are regulated as controlled substances, and their possession, distribution, and use are subject to strict laws and penalties.
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