ACLU: Prisoner will die without medication

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State News

September 10, 2019 - 10:08 AM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas and Missouri affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union have sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons on behalf of an inmate they claim could die without a drug used to treat his opioid addiction.

After an emergency hearing Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia will decide whether to order officials to continue the medication buprenorphine for Leaman Crews. Bureau of Prisons policy denies inmates access to that medication as a treatment for opioid use disorder.

The ACLU argued in a filing Friday that withholding medication violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, as well as federal statutes.

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