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Inmate Gets New Trial on Morphine-Withdrawal Civil Rights Claims

Sept. 15, 2021, 7:30 PM

The civil rights suit by an inmate who was forced to go cold turkey from his morphine pills after a stash of them was found in his cell was revived by the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday.

Daniel Coston sued the prison doctor and nurse for deliberate indifference after he suffered withdrawal—high blood pressure, nausea, and vomiting—because he wasn’t tapered off his medication.

The trial court was wrong to instruct the jury that it should defer to defendants’ security-based reasons for not weaning Coston off his medication after the excess pills were found, the opinion by Judge Michael H. Simon, sitting ...

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