Inmates at an Arkansas jail have filed a lawsuit against the detention facility for the non-consensual administration of Ivermectin as a COVID-19 treatment.
In an interview with CBS, Edrick Floreal-Wooten, an inmate at the Washington County Detention Center in Arkansas, reported how he was tricked into taking Ivermectin for COVID-19. . Along with him, several other inmates at the Arkansas jail received the un-authorized anti-parasitic drug. The authorities did not take consent from the inmates, nor did they inform them of the side effects. Instead, Dr. Robert Karas and his team described the pills as a combination of various vitamins, antibiotics, and steroids.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Arkansas has now filed a lawsuit on behalf of four inmates at the facility. According to the lawsuit, inmates at the jail received Ivermectin as early as November 2020. However, it wasn’t until July of last year that the plaintiffs became aware of the treatment. The lawsuit further mentioned that several inmates suffered severe side effects from the drug including bloody stools, abdominal pain, and vision problems.
Although Ivermectin is a cow and horse de-wormer, humans often use the drug for the treatment of lice and scabies. However, during the pandemic, many Republicans and anti-vaxxers have popularized it as an effective COVID-19 treatment. Several studies have proved otherwise. Moreover, there is evidence of the drug causing severe side effects in humans including seizures and death. Previously, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued a warning for the drug.
Source: ACLU of Arkansas