A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims a man held in the Warren County Jail died of dehydration due to lack of medical care while suffering from heroin withdrawal last September.

The family of Jason Pittman is suing Warren County, Correctional Healthcare Companies, jail medical director Dr. Mohammed Baig and other jail staff for civil rights violations and wrongful death.

The 25-year-old was arrested on Sept. 13 for a probation violation, the lawsuit states. Pittman tested positive for marijuana and opiates when he was admitted to the jail.

“Jason is another victim of heroin, which challenges many families in our area. Proper steps to treat withdrawal are well known,” said Al Gerhardstein, the family’s attorney. “Failure to take those steps made his death foreseeable and preventable. His two children deserved better care for their dad.”

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