Untreated Heroin Withdrawal Results in Death and Civil Rights Lawsuit
Cleveland, Ohio. March 7, 2014. A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed today against Richland County jail officials who failed to treat Corey Tolar’s heroin withdrawal which resulted in his death on September 29, 2012. The lawsuit alleges that Tolar suffered excruciating, painful and wrenching withdrawal symptoms in full view of jail medical staff. No meaningful treatment was provided before his death. By coincidence the case was filed on the same day that state officials are holding a public hearing to consider relaxing regulations regarding Ohio jail standards. Co-Counsel Al Gerhardstein stated, “These tragic deaths can be avoided. All Sheriffs need to stay vigilant and provide inmates the basic treatment needed to avoid death through withdrawal.” Drug addiction is a common problem in Richland County and the family hopes through this case to ensure that citizens get the help they need when they experience withdrawal. Attorneys Gerald Leeseberg and Craig Tuttle of Columbus are co-counsel on the case.
The case is pending in federal court in Cleveland, Ohio and assigned to judge Donald C Nugent.