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Opioid Addiction Treatment in Prisons and Jails

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston decided this week, that an inmate had the right to receive medication for her Opioid addiction.

Brenda Smith, a Maine resident, was arrested for taking $40 from a Walmart change dispenser which was left by another customer. Smith was arrested and convicted of theft. Smith and her attorney requested that she be allowed to continue to take her twice-daily dose of buprenorphine. Smith;s doctor had prescribed the medication as part of her medication-assisted treatment, for her opiate addiction.

Unfortunately, the jail officials denied Smith, the medication, which she had taken for 10 years. During  the ten years of using medications for her opioid addiction, she had regained custody of her children, was working steadily, and had secured housing.

The federal court ruled that Smith’s request was reasonable, and held, “the Defendants’ out-of-hand, unjustified denial of the Plaintiff’s request for her prescribed, necessary medication — and the general practice that precipitated that denial — is so unreasonable as to raise an inference that the Defendants denied the Plaintiff’s request because of her disability.”

It is time, to end the inhumane practice of jails and prisons, denying inmates medications, for the treatment of any illness, or health condition,–mental or physical.

“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”
By: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Article by Bradley Schwartz
Founder of prisonpath.com

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5 Responses to Opioid Addiction Treatment in Prisons and Jails

  1. PrsonP@th June 17, 2019 at 6:35 pm #

    Ow Poor baby didn’t get her methadone in jail. If you’re going to do the crime be prepared to do the time!!
    By-Peter

  2. PrsonP@th June 17, 2019 at 6:36 pm #

    Replacing one drug for another is not medical treatment.
    Roger

  3. PrsonP@th June 17, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    Roger, we don’t play doctor. Narcotics Anonymous has no opinion on that. Although I must say I tend to agree with your statement but I don’t want to push anybody away that’s on a replacement drug either especially if they’re working with their doctor that’s between them and their God. We stay away from All Mine & mood-altering Drugs. God forbid we are not laying in bed with cancer and have to take something. I’m not that pompous.
    Tony

  4. PrsonP@th June 17, 2019 at 6:38 pm #

    I agree with the old adage don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. But I also know what the word empathy means. I sure don’t. It’s usually people who have never been to prison that view things like that people no matter what you’re still a human being.

  5. PrsonP@th June 25, 2019 at 2:06 am #

    From my understanding there’s more drugs in prison then there are on the streets.
    By-Trina

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