Suit in Oklahoma targets rehab program

Posted: November 2, 2017 at 2 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma on Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven people who said they never received proper treatment for their addictions and weren't paid for the work they did while enrolled in a rehabilitation program for drug addicts.

The plaintiffs -- who were involved in the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program in Decatur, about 22 miles west of Rogers, and in Tahlequah, Okla. -- claim they worked in often dangerous and dirty environments as part of the program.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Muskogee, Okla., and seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

Besides the nonprofit program, defendants named in the suit include two businesses from Arkansas: Simmons Foods Inc. and Hendren Plastics Inc.

State Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, said Tuesday that the agreement between Hendren Plastics and the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program has been terminated.

Business on 11/02/2017