Painkillers preferred in prisons
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