Tennessee: Why Did a Narcotic End up in a Warehouse Where Inmates Work?

PACKAGE NOT SENT SECURELY TO MEDICAL CLINIC

by Sharon Rondeau

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(Jan. 30, 2019) — A letter written by a Tennessee state inmate reports that a shipment of a narcotic was recently received at the prison warehouse, where the inmate was working.

The narcotic, hydrocodone, was reportedly found in a box along with a supply of acetaminophen, an item customarily sold in the prison commissary, the inmate wrote.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has information on proper and excessive dosing of hydrocodone.

A reliable source told The Post & Email Wednesday that “The drug shipment was likely legit for the clinic (Commissary gets over the counter meds from the same vendor as the clinic gets prescription meds), but should have been delivered to the clinic securely, not taken to the warehouse, which is operated by inmates.”

Hydrocodone is considered an opioid, addiction to which has become a nationally-recognized problem by the Trump administration. In October 2017, President Trump declared opioid addiction and subsequent loss of life a “Public Health Emergency.”

 

 

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