A federal appeals court in Boston has denied an emergency request to stop the Aroostook County Jail from being forced to provide an inmate with medication she said is needed to keep her opioid addiction in remission.
The Aroostook County Jail appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a judge in Maine granted a preliminary injunction requiring the jail to provide physician-prescribed medication to Brenda Smith. The appeals court denied the jail’s motion Monday.
Attorney Peter Marchesi, who represents the jail, said it’s unclear whether the court will schedule arguments before the date Smith reports to jail.