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Ask the Health Law Gurus™: Can a Prison Forcibly Medicate an Inmate with a Psychotropic Drug against the Inmate’s Will?

Prison guard with keys walking outside cellQuestion: Can a Pennsylvania prison forcibly administer a psychotropic medication to an inmate against the inmate’s will?

Answer: In Pennsylvania, a prison’s ability to forcibly medicate an inmate with a psychotropic drug depends upon the circumstances and whether the circumstances constitute an extreme emergency. However, in the majority of cases, prisons must follow a formal procedure before medication can be administered against an inmate’s will. Continue Reading