Thursday, January 25, 2007
I was working at a prison in Alabama last week. Its hard for the inmates to obtain traditional drugs of abuse (marijuana, cocaine, heroin), so the inmates try to get high on prescribed medications. Controlled substances such as Ativan and Xanax are usually not prescribed in the prison; but the inmates can be quite creative and try to get high off of medications that are not traditionally considered addictive/abuseable. The antipsychotic Seroquel seems to be quite popular these days, and prisoners are calling it "baby heroin." In this prison, it is given to prisoners crushed so they can not trade it or sell it to other inmates. One prisoner, until she was caught and taken off of Seroquel, was in the habit of spitting the Seroquel tablets into her coffee and then selling the coffee.