“Two law firms have teamed up to file a federal lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for its practice of forbidding opiate addicts from receiving medical treatment while under the supervision of the criminal justice system.
The plaintiff, Stephanie Watson, is a nurse with an opiate addiction whose bond conditions forbid her from taking any medications that would be prescribed by her doctor to treat her addiction, such as Suboxone, Methadone or Vivitrol. The lawsuit argues that such a ban is unconstitutional.
The Kentucky policy violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Watson’s rights under the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause, the lawsuit alleges. It names as defendants the state of Kentucky, represented by Attorney General Jack Conway; Lorie Dudgeon, the head of the Administrative Office of the Courts; and the courts themselves.”
Source: HuffingtonPost.com – March 11, 2015
AT Forum has obtained copies of the complaints filed March 10 against Kentucky’s restrictions on medication-assisted treatment in the criminal justice system. We wish the best of luck to the plaintiff and the lawyer.