30-year-old Micah Garner's death is raising new questions about the county's drug policies.Individual counties have the right to decide which medications are allowed inside their jails and counties around East Texas are handling that decision differently.
The Gregg County Sheriff's Department gave CBS 19 a copy of their drug policies. Medical workers inside the Gregg County Jail have two lists they're working from.
One of them lists drugs that can be administered to inmates. It includes things like allergy and cholesterol medications, even HIV treatments.
The other one contains 26 drugs banned from the jail. It's made up mostly of narcotics and other prescription drugs with the potential to affect an inmate's mood and motor skills.
Methadone, the drug both [Amy} Cowling and Garner were on, is specifically mentioned. The document also says detainees who enter with any of the drugs should have them confiscated.
In Smith County, they do it differently. Instead of a specific written drug policy, a doctor examines the inmate and makes an individual determination about what drugs are appropriate to give while they're in jail.
In Gregg County, a doctor does examine the inmates but is not allowed to go outside the list of approved medications. Sheriff Maxey Cerliano confirmed that list was drafted by a doctor, and not by the department itself.
MORE: See the original complaint of a lawsuit filed in federal district court by Amy Cowling's parents as a result of her death in the Gregg County Jail.