Harmer Reports Over-Supply of Medication in Violation of TDOC Policy


by Sharon Rondeau

(Dec. 27, 2018) — On Monday The Post & Email received two letters from TDOC inmate Grenda Ray Harmer, #88710, in a single envelope. The first is a handwritten copy of a letter to Dr. Edmund Lane, MD, from Harmer stating that rather than being deprived of one or more of his medications, as has often been the case, he now has an over-supply in violation of TDOC policy.

The second letter explains how he came into possession of more medication than he needs and is normally supplied. He reported that on November 29, 2018, he was given December’s supply of Prilosec and two other medications but that on December 12, the nurse brought him another 30-day supply of Prilosec. “She insisted I sign for my Prilosec, which I did, so that you can’t say I refused it,” Harmer wrote in his letter to Lane.

“…had I of refused to sign for my Prilosec they could, by policy, take it from me. So I had no alternative but to sign for the Prilosec.…if I have more medication then what I’m supposed to have I can literally be issued a disciplinary report for having additional medication,” [sic] Harmer explained.

As The Post & Email has frequently reported, Harmer and numerous other Tennessee inmates have described lapses in the dispensing of their prescription medications without explanation. On Saturday, we published an article based on a letter from Johnny Royston Sr., who wrote to say that he has not received his prescribed medication for pain or a cardiac condition for “over two months.”

While Harmer is housed at the Morgan County Correctional Complex (MCCX), a state-run facility, Royston is located at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center (TTCC), a privately-run institution where Harmer reported a similar situation while there in 2016-2017.

In March, Harmer filed a federal lawsuit claiming violation of his civil rights, naming Lane and numerous others as defendants.

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