The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a federal prison in Kansas to force it to provide an inmate with buprenorphine, an opioid addiction medication, saying the man would “inevitably suffer and possibly die” without it.
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"It really wouldn't be a stretch to call this denial of Mr. Crews' treatment a death sentence," Lauren Bonds, legal director for the ACLU of Kansas, said in a news release. "Every minute we wait is another minute of suffering for him."
Still, the growing use of the devices by police raises questions about citizens’ Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, said Lauren Bonds, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas.