Almost seven years ago the Pennsylvania prison system was sued after allegations of officers physically abusing inmates surfaced at State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh. Of the six officials charged in these incidents, all but one faced allegations of physically assaulting inmates. Guards and nurses among other prison staff are in complete control over the lives of people who are incarcerated. That power dynamic can often lead to the mistreatment of prisoners. It's often hard to see convicted criminals as victims in these situations.
About 20 years ago, a woman named Tammy was in a car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. As is relatively common, the brain injury caused a seizure disorder, and Tammy only avoids grand mal seizures by taking two anti-seizure medications, Neurontin and Topamax, every day. She was also taking medication for depression and anxiety, including the benzodiazepine Clonazepam, another drug for high blood pressure, and Suboxone in an effort to recover from an addiction to prescription painkillers.