New lawsuit filed over access to Suboxone treatment in Maine jail
A Madawaska woman facing a 40-day sentence for theft at the Aroostook County Jail has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to continue taking her addiction treatment medication while incarcerated.
Brenda Smith’s is the second lawsuit filed recently over the same issue.
In July, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine sued the Maine Department of Corrections and the Houlton jail on behalf of Zachary Smith, 30, of Caribou. He wants to continue taking Suboxone while incarcerated for what is expected to be nine months.
A hearing on a preliminary injunction sought in his case will be held Oct. 2 through 4 in U.S. District Court in Bangor. A decision from U.S. District Judge Nancy Torresen is expected within days of the hearing.
So far, the two cases have not been combined, but any decision in Zachary Smith’s case could set a precedent for Brenda Smith’s case. The two Smiths are not related, according to her lawyer.
Brenda Smith, 34, was scheduled to report to the jail Friday. Her surrender date has been delayed until Oct. 22, her attorney Peter Mancuso of Portland said Monday. She has been taking an addiction treatment medication for a decade, according to court documents.
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