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.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

(21) comments

Mogie

Come on jail is not a luxury hotel. People are in jail because they were bad and got caught. They are in jail to be punished. It is not a spa treatment.

OregonHusker

Mogie, many individuals actually seek out the jail in the winter months. If it were as bad as DL suggested, nobody would want to return. Many return because they get fed, a warm place to sleep and some medical care. DL is somebody who has heard some bogus stories regarding our jail without actually having been there.

Mogie

Thank you for the info it makes sense.

Mogie

Very true.

just me

it could make your hair look better

DL Hitt

When Lt. Commander Griffin lost his position in 1993, never to return, the correctional staff under him were so very thankful. Perhaps this will be a trend of Douglas County, pointing the finger at their appointed once again.

These issues of inmate medical attention, potable water, unhealthy temperatures, access to the law library, inmate access to a remedy of request forms, writing materials, and responsible transparency record need correction. This is not a new issue in the Eugene Branch of United States District Court. Douglas County has been advised by their retained counsel in the past. Toilet paper and water are said not to be a necessity in the segregated rooms that have only a small round hole in the floor for disposal of human waste. Noticing this fact, the planning department needs to spend time there to notice the crude and unusual punishment of feces, urine to sit on. Reminds me of Kurdistan in the rough.

exdep425

***DL Hitt. Half of your opinion makes no sense and the other half is like the picture of the wreck this morning at Dry Creek, it crashed and burned. I read it three times and cannot see any point you are trying to make. You flip flop around like a broken zorry sandal. Ok, read it for a fourth time and it gets worse each time.

Mogie

Thank you exdep425 I couldn't understand his point either.

DL Hitt

Next time, remind me to include each and every individual named, in a personal capacity suit given their reluctance to humane treatment of people that will soon be roaming. It would behoove one good correction employee to set a good example for the others.

exdep425

***What the heck is a 'personal capacity suit'? Roaming? Who will be roaming and where? Are you saying all correction officers are not good? Have you ever been in jail, so as to be able to judge so many officers? I think it would behoove you to reread what you write and see if any of it makes sense.

Mogie

"Next time, remind me to include each and every individual named, in a personal capacity suit given their reluctance to humane treatment of people that will soon be roaming." Could you please write so we can understand you?

OregonHusker

The inmate get air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. They live in the same temperature as the deputies who man the jail. The water is potable, inmates have access to forms, they are entitled to the law library, but writing paper is to be purchased while pencils are free. The segregated rooms you speak of are isolation cells for unruly inmates. They have a hole to go to the bathroom in and are given toilet paper by the deputy. They are also given water to drink by the same deputy. There's nothing nefarious about that situation, and nobody is sitting in feces. You are speaking from a position of ignorance.

Mogie

What is an unhealthy temperature? I am sure that it is not freezing or above 90 degrees. They are in jail because they messed up and are being punished. They are not receiving a spa treatment. Their time in jail is a PUNISHMENT.

just me

not so sure about that anymore

Mogie

True now if you don't get cable tv that is considered by some cruel and unusual punishment.

OregonHusker

Mogie, cable TV and use of the telephone is a good thing in jail. It keeps the inmates preoccupied and gives them less time to think about how to prey on other inmates and deputies.

exdep425

***So, she knows the symptoms of a heart attack prior to its occurrence. I wonder if she knows if she is going to commit a crime prior to its commission? DUH! The Lt. says otherwise to their claims. They sit around all day discussing ways to manipulate the system and or abuse it. Lousy ACLU sticks its nose where it should not.

Mogie

"Inmate Angela Davison believes she suffered a heart attack at the jail in early July". So is there medical evidence to back that claim up or are they just trying to make some easy money? Remember to begin with these aren't the most truthful folks to begin with or else they wouldn't be in jail to begin with. Doesn't the jail keep records of this type of thing?

just me

if she has a heart condition what was she doing with meth and coke

OregonHusker

I worked in the jail for three years. Inmates constantly whine and lie. The fact that she uses meth and coke while having a heart condition says all you need to know about her "need" for aspirin.

Mogie

Good question!

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