When a loved one finds themselves sitting in a jail cell, it can become a frightening experience and even more so if the person requires routine medication. When a person is arrested for a crime, they will sit in jail until they reach their appointed court date for either a dismissal or to receive their official charges and punishment. When someone has a medical condition they are seen by the jail’s medical care providers and it will be determined by the jail’s medical director what medication will be administered. This can quickly become a major disaster. There are many cases where inmates didn’t receive the proper medical care and suffered severe affects, including death. Ajua Bail Bonds wants to share some reports of proper medical care for inmates and why we are dedicated in providing bail bond assistance for those with medical care needs.
Prisoners Denied Medication in Jail
In 2001 in New York, a man was arrested and held in jail for entering into his ex-wife’s home to retrieve the last of his personal belongs. As insane as the crime and subsequent arrest may seem, he still trespassed. The individual suffered from Parkinson’s disease and began suffering the effects shortly after being arrested. After seeing the medical examiner, the medical director decided to only provide a few of his medications, mainly those that help control his tremors. After ten days without all of his medication, he began suffering from severe side effects and shortly died. There are many similar reports of inmates that never received all of their needed medication.
Medical Misdiagnosis in Jail
Another case involves a man who was mistaken for a drunk and was arrested, when in fact he wasn’t drunk at all. He was suffering from hypoglycemia which is a medical condition from those who suffer from diabetes. Unfortunately, symptoms of hypoglycemia are very similar to intoxication, with slurred speech, dizziness, confusion, and nervousness. After a few hours in the jail he finally saw a medical examiner where it was later determined he was never intoxicated but was suffering from hypoglycemia.
Changes to Jail Medication Administration Policy
Due to these incidences there have been many changes to the medical practices in incarceration facilities. The American Diabetes Associations has taken personal interest and has been educating law enforcement personnel about the manifestations of hypoglycemia and other diabetes related conditions and needs. Due to the vast number of reported incidences, jail medical practices and regulations have changed and are being enforced. However, when a loved one gets arrested and they require medication or routine medical care, you will need to make sure the jail is aware of their medical condition and what medication they have been prescribed.
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Another option is obtaining a bail bond if possible. A bail bond can help those who been arrested get out of jail and prepare for their defense, spend time with friend and family, and still attend work. Those with medical conditions and needs can also obtain bail. This will ensure they get all of the proper medical care they require, especially for those who need to see a doctor regularly and take a list of medications. If you need help getting a bail bond, contact Ajua Bail Bonds. Make sure you report any medical conditions the person needing the bail may have, as it helps during the bail bond process. For fast and reliable services, contact Ajua Bail Bonds today!