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$47,000 Settlement in Detainee’s Overdose Death Claim

Corizon Health agreed to pay $47,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging it negligently failed to assure street drugs did not enter its Jail Alternatives to Substance Abuse (JASA) program.

Brian G. Brewer was transferred from Florida’s Polk County Jail on May 12, 2012, to the rehabilitative JASA program. That same day, he died from an overdose of gamma hydroxybutyrate and Doxepin, neither of which were prescribed to him.

The complaint, which was filed on July 8, 2014, alleged Corizon and the Polk County Sheriff were negligent for allowing those drugs to enter the JASA program.

Corizon agreed on April 20, 2017, to pay $47,000 to settle the estate’s claim against it.

The estate was represented by Tampa attorneys Martin W. Palmer and Joseph K. Lopez, Jr. See: Brewer v. Judd, et al., Florida Tenth Judicial Circuit Court, Case No. 2014-CA-1801000000

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Brewer v. Judd, et al., Florida Tenth Judicial Circuit Court