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Cuyahoga County is being sued by a former inmate who says jail staff did not properly tend to his medical needs while he went through alcohol and drug withdrawal.Former Cuyahoga County Jail inmate sues, says staff ignored severe withdrawal symptoms

http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2017/08/former_cuyahoga_county_jail_in_1.html

Adam BartlettCLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man is suing Cuyahoga County, county jail staff and employees of The MetroHealth System for what he says was negligent care provided to him while he was in jail and suffering obviously painful symptoms of drug and alcohol withdrawal.

Adam Bartlett, 29, says in a lawsuit filed Monday that he told jail staff when being booked in September 2016 that he was abusing alcohol and opioids and was also prescribed and dependent on Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication.

He did not get his Xanax or any treatment for his addiction or the corresponding withdrawal, and his mental and physical condition deteriorated in the days after being booked, the lawsuit says.

(You can read the lawsuit here or at the bottom of this story.)

Court records show that Bartlett was in jail from Sept. 7, 2016 to Sept. 26, 2016 on a community control violation after pleading guilty to a drug charge.

Staff from the jail and MetroHealth, which provides medical services for inmates, did not properly rate and treat the symptoms as serious, even though he was at times catatonic, disoriented and hallucinating, the lawsuit says.

At one point, a jail guard found Bartlett lying on the floor next to his cell, though he was treated like an uncooperative inmate, and a physician’s assistant determined that Bartlett was faking.

3 Responses

  1. i think i would tend to take the word of the physician’s assistant over that of a criminal and an admitted abuser of opiates, benzodiazepines and alcohol.

    • NOT ME,,,NOT NOW A DAYS,,,,W/THIS OPIATEPHOBIA FALSE EPEDIMIC WITCH HUNT ON THE MEDICALLY ILL WHO TAKE MEDICINES TO LESSEN THEIR PHYSICAL PAIN,,
      NO-WAY WOULD I TRUST A FEDERAL EMPLOYED PERSON,,,ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEIR JOB,,,THEY,LIKE U,,,COULD GIVE 2 SHITS ABOUT THE FORCED SUFFERING OF OTHERS,,,,
      HOW THEY CHOOSE TO TREAT THIS MAN WAS INHUMANE,,,HE WAS NOT A guilty,MURDERE/RAPIST/child molester,thus,,HE IS A HUMAN BEING 1ST,,,,,maryw

  2. WELCOME TO KLONODYNS WORLD OF FORCED PHYSICAL PAIN,TORTURE AND GENOCIDE,,,, they could of given this man his Xanax,,,,but noooooo,,,,,,let him suffer in agony,,,,Nice job klonodyn,,,this is the world u have created w/your opiate phobia/medicine phobia,,,,for all medicines now!!!Since klonodyn thinks he has the right to decide who suffers in physical pain,,,now everyone thinks they have that right,,to force physical pain onto a another human being,,,jmo,,mayrw

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