The Courier-Mail

Painkiller­s pre­ferred in pris­ons

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SNAP jail raids be­ing con­ducted through­out Queens­land are un­cov­er­ing more than 40 items of smug­gled con­tra­band each week, in­clud­ing crude weapons, illegal drugs and mo­bile phones.

The Courier-Mail can re­veal the nar­cotics of choice be­ing smug­gled be­hind bars in in­creas­ing quan­ti­ties are pre­scrip­tion painkiller­s used to treat opi­ate ad­dic­tion, which have been linked to sud­den out­bursts of ag­gres­sion.

In­mates are pay­ing up to $800 for one small strip of sub­ox­one and another heroin re­place­ment treat­ment drug subu­tex, which are be­ing cutup, mixed with wa­ter and in­jected by des­per­ate pris­on­ers.

Po­lice say the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal drugs are be­ing smug­gled in by friends, loved ones and even strangers who hide drug pack­ages in their mouths, in their cloth­ing and un­der stamps on letters.

Other drugs seized in the state’s jails in­cluded crys­tal metham­phetamine (ice), and cannabis.

Fig­ures re­leased to The Courier-Mail show there were 2188 items of con­tra­band un­cov­ered in Queens­land’s cor­rec­tional cen­tres last fi­nan­cial year. NEIL DOOR­LEY

 ??  ?? VI­SION­ARY: (From left) Pro­lific film­maker Wes Crave­nen was kno­known for his cre­ations Freddy Krueger and Ghost­face fromm Scream.
VI­SION­ARY: (From left) Pro­lific film­maker Wes Crave­nen was kno­known for his cre­ations Freddy Krueger and Ghost­face fromm Scream.

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