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Medications limited at jail

Painkillers, sleeping pills among banned prescriptions

April 24, 2013

A long list of painkillers, sleeping pills and other prescription drugs banned in the Washington County Jail was recently circulated by the sheriff’s office to spread the word that the prescriptions......

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Apr-24-13 6:32 AM

This is a good program, hope it continues.

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Apr-24-13 6:38 AM

DR Mincks is smart.If you snitch you can be free and you wont be sick and have very painful withdrawls.Do your job Ray Smith and stop this crap now.

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Apr-24-13 7:59 AM

I have to say that I agree with Minks on this one. I am curious what the state prisons do in this situation, surely they are not prescribing these drugs to such a large inmate population.

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Apr-24-13 8:44 AM

Oh the poor criminals can't get their meds they are addicted to. Is this a human rights violation. Me thinks not. Hey, here's an idea, don't commit crimes then complain when your "right"s are limited while spending time in jail. Stupid whining criminals. Oh yea, us taxpayers have to pay for these babies addictions while in jail or out. This is just another sense of entitlement that is over shadowing this country.

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Apr-24-13 8:46 AM

This is a good program if they actually give some sort of treatment while they are incarcerated. Prisons also do not allow narcotics or benzos to be administered. In my opinion methadone is just as bad a problem as illegal drugs. Actually support this program.

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Apr-24-13 9:18 AM

If they do this, they will need to provide additional training to jail staff so that they can handle the problems that will undoubtedly arise. People in jail go through withdrawal all the time. However, I'm not so certain that taking away the benzos is a great idea. They are used for seizure disorders, panic, anti-anxiety and depression. Taking away these meds could cause harm for which the county could become liable. Changing meds could have the same effect as if they were taken away completely. Its not a simple decision.

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Apr-24-13 9:21 AM

Really doesn’t matter what crime a person done, a person with a medical condition like M/S or M/D shouldn’t be denied of the proper medication. Not all people that take prescription drugs are addicts. Jail staff members are not qualified to determine what medications a person needs to be on.

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Apr-24-13 10:20 AM

I wish we taxpayers had people to look out for our needs the way our system watches out for the needs of criminals. Everyday in the MT it's another story about a criminal/adrug addict with the "Give Me Give Me Give mes."

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Apr-24-13 10:22 AM

@Rightminded: The jail staff do not determine the medications withheld, the article states that Dr. Brockett determines it if necessary.

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Apr-24-13 10:24 AM

How sad to live in a society where crackheads and doapers have more rights and consideration than Sunday school teachers.

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Apr-24-13 10:26 AM

If the Ohio State Prisons are not giving inmates these drugs, then I do not know why people have an issue with a local jail doing the same thing. Would have already been a huge court case by now as most State Prison inmates have filed multiple law suits in the past if they feel their rights have been impeded. Let the local Doctor and Minks do their job and stop trying to let the inmates dictate what they "feel" is their God given right to abuse.

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Apr-24-13 10:57 AM

SocialWorkRocks...Not all inmates are seen by the doctor.

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Apr-24-13 11:21 AM

By denying inmates of their medication Dr. Brockett is not keeping his pledge to the Hippocratic Oath.

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Apr-24-13 11:30 AM

The Hippocratic Oath states do not harm, which they are not harmed. List one person who has passed away at the WC Jail due to not being dosed with Methodone. They can request to see the Doctor as well, the certainly do the dentist, I see them going in everyday at taxpayer expense.

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Apr-24-13 11:37 AM

Look folks, it boils down to this. The doctor is stopping the Methodone and the "anxiety" meds and the sleep aides. None of which are mandated for a prisoner to have to live. They still get their diabetic drugs and cholesterol meds. Just not the stuff they are addicted to.

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Apr-24-13 11:54 AM

@GonefromtheMOV: LOL! and who are you to question a board certified medical doctor in regards to his treatment decisions? Do you want to move back and take over the position? Like I said the Doctor is doing his job and doing it well. No one harmed in how many years? Anxiety meds, sleep aides and Methadone are not mandatory life saving medications.

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Apr-24-13 1:34 PM

I would refer the skeptics of the methadone administration to research the Ohio Revised Code, where it clearly states that a physician cannot prescribe, dispense, or manage methadone unless they are specifically designated as a CLINIC or PROGRAM....both of which, Dr. Brockett is NOT!!!!! As litigious as most people are today, especially those all too familiar with the penal system, I am certain a suit would have been filed if there were any credit to Mr. Smith's concerns. Kudos to Dr. Brockett for protecting his license and having a backbone!!!

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Apr-24-13 1:43 PM

@localemt: That is a good point that I never thought of! Someone should pass this along to Mr. Smith, might switch his way of thinking.

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Apr-24-13 3:09 PM

there have been countless incidents across the country where other county jails have thougth they were also "doing the right thing" by banning these prescriptions that were legally prescribed by doctors, and have ended in millions paid out to wrongful death lawsuits. People can be prescribed methadone for things other than drug addiction. It has also been prescribed as a pian management. It's not hard to become a qualified Methadone distributor, and many jails and prisons across the country have come to the realization that doing so is the right thing to do. witholding methadone from inmates who have taken it legally in such high doses as 100 mg a day for 8 or 10 years,who are not drug addicts, strung out on ******, can be lethal. Even Dr. Michael Brocket himself agrees in some cases they should be put into a quick step down program. sadly the jail chose to go agaianst the medical advise of their "medical director" as recently as last week

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Apr-24-13 3:17 PM

Just a few cases, when the inmates who were not arrested for drug charges, but rather simple traffic tickets, died from methadone withdrawl due to jail staff refusing to give them their prescription.





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Apr-24-13 3:33 PM

i think this is a great idea!

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Apr-24-13 4:41 PM

In a world where too many seniors have to choose between eating and paying for their meds why are we even discussing what a crackhead in jail should or shouldn't have? Instead of discouraging people to resort to crime we are making it look like they are checking into the Hilton. If they have a serious condition they should have thought of that before they resorted to crime?

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Apr-24-13 6:23 PM

"Vicodin, Norco, Percocet, OxyContin, Lyrica and Morphine. Also, no Tramadol will be approved"

And what about those prisoners who have legitimate, recognized need for medication to help with intractable pain?

"No benzos will be approved. This includes Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and Klonopin" Again what about those people who have emotional & mental disorders that require sedation medications?

Seems to me the County Jail is setting itself up for medical neglect suits. It's one thing when someone is just a drug abuser, quite another when there is a legitimate need.

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Apr-24-13 6:59 PM

The inmates are given medications to help with withdrawl.. Only 7% jails and prisons throughout the country allow any controlled substances. Here is an idea: OBEY THE LAW AND YOU WON'T HAVE TO GO TO FRICKIN JAIL. Just look at the public records to see how many of these "poor mistreated inmates" are repeat customers. FYI: any antidepressants, MS drugs, blood pressure meds, etc are continued in jail. If they want their methadone and vicodin and xanax stop trafficking in drugs and receiving stolen property and robbing people.

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