Court Orders Correctional Institute to Administer Methadone Per Physician’s Order

    By: Melinda Martinson, Esq. on Nov 29, 2018

    A Massachusetts Federal District Court ordered a correctional institute to provide methadone to a recovering addict who is expected to be incarcerated. The Massachusetts Medical Society filed an amicus brief in support of the injunction. The patient was treated unsuccessfully with non-opioid medications, but was responding and recovering from addiction on methadone. The facility had a policy against the use of methadone and would have administered medications previously found to be futile. The court found that the patient was likely to be successful on his alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 8th Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Important to the holding was the fact that the patient was not successful on the treatments that the institute would administer and the physician’s opinion that the patient would likely relapse, overdose and die after incarceration. 

    Released: November 29, 2018, 8:24 am
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