A personal injury case is being filed by the family of an Elgin man who died of a drug overdose in a Kane County jail cell. Inmates were pretending to take their prescribed medications and then trading them with other inmates. The plaintiff in this case ingested more than 400 times the maximum therapeutic dosage levels when he heard guards were going to shakedown the cells looking for drugs.
Close inspection of inmates receiving and ingesting their medication is part of the jail’s policies and procedures. Failing to follow these rules allowed the large quantity of drugs to be possessed by the inmate, resulting in a wrongful death.