HALIFAX — The mother of a Nova Scotia man who died in jail from a methadone overdose is suing the province, alleging a lack of control over a potentially deadly drug led to his death.

Twenty-three-year-old Clayton Cromwell was found unresponsive in his cell in the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in Halifax on April 7, 2014.

Cromwell was awaiting a court appearance for allegedly violating probation in a drug trafficking case.

Methadone is provided to some inmates by health care staff with Nova Scotia Health Authority to treat addictions, but it remains unclear how Cromwell received it. A medical examiner’s report stated that he wasn’t prescribed methadone.

The notice of action filed last week by Clayton’s mother, Elizabeth Cromwell, alleges the jail failed to set up sufficient safeguards to prevent the flow of the potentially dangerous drug through the prison.

The statement’s allegations haven’t been proven in court, and a provincial spokesman says the province is expecting to file a statement of defence soon.



The Canadian Press