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A 35 mg liquid dose of methadone at a clinic in Rossville, Ga. (Kevin D. Liles/AP)
A 35 mg liquid dose of methadone at a clinic in Rossville, Ga. (Kevin D. Liles/AP)

A federal judge has ruled that a Massachusetts jail must provide addiction medication to a man about to serve time behind bars.

Judge Denise Casper issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday saying the Essex County Sheriff must provide the man's prescribed methadone because denying it would be unconstitutional and a violation of Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Sheriff says he is now considering his next steps because judge Casper's ruling has far-ranging effects both statewide and nationally.

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Jessie Rossman, ACLU staff attorney. She tweets @JessieJRossman.

Kevin Coppinger, Essex County Sheriff.

This segment aired on November 28, 2018.

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