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Can a jail not let you have your prescription medication…

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Can a jail not let you have your prescription medication even if your doctors say it could kill you

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Yes the jail said THAY won't give me my meds.all my doctors wrote that if THAY don't it will probably kill me .and the jail or courts don't care

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Criminal Law
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Criminal Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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No, the jail is not allowed to deprive an inmate of necessary medication.

There is however internal protocol that must be followed, before the medication can be supplied to the individual.

First, the jail physician must contact the individual's usual doctor and have the prescription confirmed.

Once that is done (which should not take a long time at all), then the medication can be given to this individual.

If that's not being done, then this person's attorney needs to address it with the court right away.

I hope that helps!

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