The ACLU of Maine joined a case on behalf of Brenda Smith, who uses physician-prescribed medication to keep her opioid use disorder in remission. Treatment with MAT enables Ms. Smith to live free from the devastating symptoms of addiction.
Ms. Smith expects to report to the Aroostook County Jail in early 2019, where medication assisted treatment (MAT) is prohibited for all inmates except for pregnant women. This policy will force Ms. Smith into withdrawal from her physician-prescribed treatment, and she will suffer painful and psychologically damaging withdrawal and will be at a greater risk for relapse into addiction, potential overdose, and death.
The lawsuit charges this denial of treatment violates the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
NOTE: In Septemeber 2018, the ACLU of Maine settled a case on behalf of Zachary Smith (no relation) that allows our client to continue taking his medication while in state custody.