Kentucky Sued In Federal Court Over Drug Treatment Practices

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…

The suit seeks no financial damages beyond court costs and attorney fees; instead, it asks that the court require Kentucky to allow Watson and others in the system to receive medical assistance.

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