May 27, 2011

It's Just An Opiate Smuggled Into Prison In A Coloring Book


Suboxone is a prescription opiate that has become a drug of choice in prison because it is easily converted to an orange-tinted paste, which is then smuggled in via the mails:

"We've had too many people dry the stuff onto the pages, then get a kid to color over it," said Capt. Mark James, who supervises the mail room, adding that Suboxone has at times been discovered on a daily basis.


In February, three coloring book pages, including two depicting Snow White and Cinderella, sent to a prisoner in the Cape May County jail, were splotched with the words "To Daddy" and an orange substance that turned out to be Suboxone.

Smuggled Suboxone Bedevils Prison Authorities [nyt]


OK...I don't know what's more ingenious...the person who came up with the idea of smuggling in this way, or the person who discovered it on a coloring book page.

It's clever, sure, but Suboxone is generally used for treatment of opioid addiction because it A)- doesn't do a very good job of getting you high and B)- contains an opioid-receptor blocker that prevents the user from getting high via other opiates.

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