The procedure for distributing medicine at the Spokane County Jail in June has come under fire after an inmate was not getting his medication as prescribed, according to his Mother.
The inmate’s mother took her concerns straight to jail officials. Sabrina Buechler’s son was arrested Friday night for his role in a Downtown Spokane stabbing.
Buechler said her son battled mental illness and relied on medication. She said her son went days without that medication while he was in jail.
Jail staff said inmates would get their necessary medication for mental health issues, though it would not necessarily be immediate.
“It depends on what they need. If it's a critical medication required right away, the nurse will call the doctor, plus we have stock medication available,” said Captain John McGrath with the Spokane County Jail. If an inmate wanted medication, they would have to fill out paper work to send to their provider.
“And if they are a family doctor who doesn't work weekends, say this happens Friday, yeah it'll be Monday before we get information back,” said McGrath.
Jail staff said they cared about the health of their inmates and would give them prescriptions for necessary medications even after they were released.