Sunday, January 16

The syringe suppresses the psychosis for a period of time. More and more people are being forced into mental health care.

In a medicine room, specialist nurse Eldbjørg Tveit prepares a dose of medicine. Outside, a man is waiting.

The antipsychotic drug ZypAdhera comes in powder form. It must be tapped and shaken, dissolved in liquid, before being drawn up into a syringe.

The almost neon yellow mass is placed in the buttock muscle of the man who is waiting. This is how the medication of a man sentenced to compulsory mental health care in Norway takes place.

“Why was he out?” several asked about the killings at Kongsberg and the shots at Bislett. We have followed some of the nurses and psychologists who face the dilemma daily: Who should be admitted, and who should live among us?

The man, who will soon receive medicine, has been convicted of aggravated assault.

Every few weeks he shows up at the hospital. He is forced to take the medicine. It limits the psychosis for a period of time.

But he does not live behind locked doors.

He is among many who have been sentenced to compulsory mental health care, and who live in their own home or voluntarily in an institution.

And they are becoming more and more.

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