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Addicts settle out of court

14th November 2006

Almost 200 former inmates will receive a share of a £750,000 payout from the Home Office after being forced to go ‘cold turkey’ while in jail.

The damages followed claims by the men that the practice of forcing them to withdraw from drugs, amounted to an assault and breach of human rights.

The Home Office ‘reluctantly’ opted on Monday to settle a test case involving six men out of court to minimise costs. The cases dated back to the early 1990s.

The six men had used heroin and other opiates but were understood to have received alternative treatment before prison. The action was based on trespass, because the prisoners did not consent to the treatment, and for alleged clinical negligence.

All but two of the 197 inmates have agreed the deal, and will receive more than £3,750 each.

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