US settlement signals protections for addiction medicine


              FILE - The Department of Justice seal is seen in Washington, Nov. 28, 2018. A former Tennessee correctional officer will receive $160,000 in back pay and damages after he was forced to resign for taking Suboxone to treat his opioid use disorder, if a judge approves a consent decree filed in federal court in Nashville on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. It is the first time the DOJ has used the Americans with Disabilities Act to settle a claim of employment discrimination against someone prescribed a medication to treat their drug addiction, according to the DOJ. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
            
              FILE - Packets of buprenorphine, a drug which controls heroin and opioid cravings, is pictured, July 23, 2018, in Greenfield, Mass. A former Tennessee correctional officer will receive $160,000 in back pay and damages after he was forced to resign for taking Suboxone to treat his opioid use disorder, if a judge approves a consent decree filed in federal court in Nashville on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. It is the first time the DOJ has used the Americans with Disabilities Act to settle a claim of employment discrimination against someone prescribed a medication to treat their drug addiction, according to the DOJ. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
US settlement signals protections for addiction medicine