DOJ Settles Opioid User Discrimination Case with PA Court System

Addicts approved for anti-addiction treatment were not given their prescriptions.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) secured an agreement with the Judicial System of Pennsylvania requiring state courts to pay $100,000 to victims of discrimination against those with opioid use disorder. These victims were approved to receive prescribed doses of opioids to slowly decrease their dependency. However, complaints to the Justice Department alleged that Pennsylvania courts prevented those individuals from taking their prescriptions while under court supervision.

“People with opioid use disorder caught up in the criminal justice system should be supported in seeking treatments that can help them attain recovery,” said Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke. “Ensuring that courts are employing science-driven and data-informed approaches to the opioid crisis is an important priority for the Civil Rights Division.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Assistant Attorney General Clarke to be prudent as she heads the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.
  • For Attorney General Merrick Garland to be led by the Lord as he oversees the Justice Department.

Sources: Department of Justice


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