Maine Jail Ordered to Provide Suboxone to Inmate
The ACLU has called this a 'landmark decision' after a US District Judge ordered Aroostook County Jail to provide suboxone treatment to inmate Brenda Smith who is serving a 40 day sentence. Brenda reportedly uses suboxone as a way to treat her drug addiction.
According to Emma Bond, attorney for the ACLU of Maine,
"All jails in Maine should take heed of this ruling that found not providing access to MAT is in violation of federal law"
This ruling does not come without it's share of controversy of course. Opponents of the ruling speculate that long-term suboxone regiments are just legal means for people to maintain their addiction.