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Singer's death prompts new jail drug policy

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Posted: Saturday, December 20, 2008 5:25 pm | Updated: 11:30 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

CLEVELAND - The death of R&B singer Sean Levert in Cleveland has led to a proposed new policy that provides more flexibility in giving inmates their anti-anxiety medication.

The member of the 1980s R&B trio LeVert and son of lead O'Jays singer Eddie Levert died March 30 after becoming ill at the Cuyahoga County jail in Cleveland.

The jail administrator and a jail doctor proposed the change to allow inmates to get their prescribed medication as soon as their prescriptions are verified.

Levert's widow, Angela Lowe, filed a wrongful death lawsuit in June accusing jail officials of neglecting his medical needs.

The lawsuit says Levert was not given the prescription Xanax that he had brought to the jail when he started serving a sentence for failure to pay child support.

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