Newfoundland man diagnosed with schizophrenia sues over forced injection in car

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A man diagnosed with schizophrenia who says he was forcibly injected by a health worker in the back of a car is suing Newfoundland's largest health authority.

Marc Arsenault claims the incident last January is one of many times his Charter rights were violated.

The 59-year-old man is seeking unspecified damages from Eastern Health, which has not filed a statement of defence in response to the unproven allegations.

Arsenault has successfully challenged how community treatment orders have been used to medicate him in the past.

The orders are meant for psychiatric patients who otherwise are in and out of hospital, but critics say they're over-used.

They force patients to accept treatment or face arrest and have raised concerns in Ontario, where their use has soared.