State Woman wasnt insane had druginduced psychosis

first_imgMEDFORD, Ore. — A woman who stabbed a man in Medford and was judged guilty except for insanity, was released from state psychiatric custody after officials determined she was suffering from drug-induced psychosis — not mental illness.Heather Marie Everman was ordered released from the Oregon State Hospital’s Junction City campus in September 2016, according to an Order of Discharge document obtained by the Mail Tribune.Since her release, she has continued to run afoul of the law for possessing methamphetamine, fighting with law enforcement personnel, trespassing and stealing, court records show.Everman has also been found mentally unfit to aid and assist in her own defense in the new cases — raising questions about her actual mental state, her drug use and the interrelationship between the two.Drug-induced psychosis is not a legal defense for criminal actions because the defendant chose to take drugs. The situation is similar to driving under the influence of intoxicants, in which drivers face legal consequences for their actions.last_img

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