A woman lodged in the Douglas County Jail on drug charges alleges she hasn’t received appropriate treatment for her heart condition.
Inmate Angela Davison believes she suffered a heart attack at the jail in early July, but was told it was a panic attack, according to her husband, Michael Davison. He alleges his wife has been denied the aspirin dosage she needs to prevent a heart attack.
Angela Davison submitted a letter to Douglas County Circuit Court on July 5 that had been signed by herself and six other inmates the day before. The letter states that Angela Davison has had three heart attacks over the past five years and knows the signs.
“I want 2 — 325 mg aspirin each morning and each evening to help prevent such a event or help make it not so bad, as I take on the outside. Not told it is a panic attack or an anxiety attack and ignored,” the letter said.
Michael Davison said his wife has sometimes been given no aspirin and other times been given smaller dosages.
Angela Davison is 50 years old, but Michael Davison said his wife and her family members have a history of heart disease. He said she knows the symptoms of a heart attack well. He said he frequently speaks with his wife on the phone, and he gave The News-Review detailed notes on some of the symptoms he said his wife had in early July while in jail.
On July 3, she said she had shooting pain from her left arm pit down to her little finger and numbness from elbow to hand. On July 6, she reported numbness in her arms and chest pains. She also claimed that electrocardiogram tests were given by unqualified staff and were inconclusive, but that a doctor who visited her in the jail a few days afterward believed she had suffered a heart attack, her husband said.
Michael Davison also said his wife wasn’t being given treatment for her asthma.
Lt. Mike Root, commander of the Douglas County Jail, said he couldn’t comment on any medical treatment because the inmates’ medical care isn’t provided by county employees. Instead, the county contracts with Kansas-based Correct Care Solutions to provide health care at the jail.
This is the second time in recent months that an inmate at the Douglas County Jail has complained of not being given proper medical treatment. In May, Terri Carlisle of Roseburg filed a federal lawsuit against Douglas County claiming medication she needed for neuropathy was withheld in jail. Neuropathy is a serious medical condition in which nerve damage causes pain and weakness. Carlisle alleges she suffered constant and severe pain in her feet, restless leg syndrome, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. She’s represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.
Carlisle also complained that women weren’t given necessary feminine hygiene products at the jail or adequate toilet paper. Davison made the same claims.
Root said that’s just not true. He said the women at the jail are given toilet paper and hygiene products when they ask for them.
“It’s offered to them when they want it,” he said.
The allegation about the toilet paper and tampons is on a laundry list of Angela Davison’s complaints, which is also signed by a handful of fellow inmates. Another item on the list says that medication is withheld as a punishment.
Angela Davison was a fugitive arrested in August 2016 after spending a year on the run. She had failed to appear on charges including unlawful possession and delivery of both cocaine and methamphetamine and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The drugs and firearms were allegedly found when the Douglas Interagency Narcotics Team raided her Winston residence in March 2015.
She’s scheduled for two trials in August, one on the drug and firearms charges and one on two counts of failure to appear.