Gothamist: Rkers Island Dilemma: Stop Taking Addiction Meds, Or Stay Behind Bars

By JB Nicholas
July 15, 2019

After pleading guilty to violating his parole for a small amount of marijuana, Shazaad Husein was given a choice: stop taking the medication prescribed for his heroin addiction, or stay locked up on Rikers Island for a year. He wound up staying on Rikers for around six months before a judge ordered his release.