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Substance Abuse Counseling Program Article on Inmate Drug Use

Drug addiction and substance abuse usually continues in prison.

This article looks at how it occurs and why

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The article, “The drug flow: Inmate substance abuse continues despite testing, restrictions” by  ALYSSA DANDREA states

“Prisoner Daniel May said he never considered snitching when corrections officers found Suboxone in his cell in Berlin in early 2015. Instead, he took the felony charge and withheld the truth about the source of the drug, even though it meant more time away from his children.


Two years later, May, 29, remains tight-lipped about where the Suboxone came from, noting he can only divulge so much without jeopardizing his own safety. May insists he was stashing the drugs for “some people” who viewed his cell as a safe hiding place because he had always abided by the rules and did not draw suspicion from guards.

“When you’re here in the prison, you’re not supposed to let people know where they came from, how they got there. You just got to take the charge,” May said from inside the men’s prison in Concord.

May called the decision “traumatizing,” but added, “I dealt with it because I’d rather have the time than be called a rat or not be able to live anywhere in prison but in protective custody.”

In a prisoner’s world, silence affords protection and ultimately one’s survival.

An inmate’s refusal to divulge the source of his drugs has become an increasingly common scenario behind New Hampshire prison walls, and it illustrates the challenge prison officials face in stemming the flow of new drugs to an inmate population often battling with addiction.

The drug trade is a lucrative business in prison, where supply and demand control is ever-changing, although continuously steep prices. In state correctional facilities, Suboxone, an opioid manufactured in clear strips, is the drug of choice, in part, because it’s so easy to conceal and because a small amount goes a long way.

Since Suboxone strips hit the market several years ago, corrections officials say they have seen an uptick in drug use, prompting top administrators to rethink policies aimed at curtailing the flow of illicit drugs into prisoners’ cells. A tighter mail policy along with heightened restrictions in visiting rooms have coincided with a steep rise – thousands more annually – in the number of drug tests administered to inmates since 2012, records show.”

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