A group of prisoners are suing the BC Corrections, alleging that a policy restricts their right to access an opiate addiction treatment.
The lawsuit says the policy requires that prisoners show that they will be at a provincial facility for at least 3 months, but prisoners on remand say that they often don’t know when they will be released or sentenced and therefore cannot participate in the addiction program.
Lawyer Adrienne Smith is representing the group.
“They’ve been waiting months to see a doctor. One of them overdosed in the meantime, and they all know of prisoners who have died of overdose in jail. They’re at a point where they’re asking for help, and they should get it.”
The lawsuit seeks a change in the policy, as well as a request that the prisoners receive immediate medical attention.