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Friday, November 18, 2016
Drugs are a daily occurrence in prison. Our teams find them
on visitors, in the mail and on the side of the road. They see many different
types of drugs from heroin, cocaine, and marijuana one day to tobacco the next. They see them all. One drug
that is seen frequently is Suboxone. Most people outside of drug addiction recovery
programs and prisons have not heard of Suboxone. Suboxone is a drug used as
treatment for opiate addiction. Although
this is the purpose of it, these little orange strips also give off a high.
It has become coveted as contraband. Smugglers have tucked
strips in cards and behind envelope seams and stamps. They are a big business in prison. The strips can be divided into many pieces and sold off for up to $20.
In 2015 1841.89 strips, 84 pills, 102 small hits and 2
loaded syringes w/ Suboxone were discovered by staff.