Use of the opioid addiction recovery drug, buprenorphine (or Suboxone), has become so prevalent among inmates in Ohio’s prison system that it appears to rival marijuana as the most contraband drug smuggled behind bars in the state.
Random drug testing of inmates showed that about one in 20 individuals tested positive for Suboxone, which reflects a growing trend among inmates over the last few years. The Suboxone trade has forced prison officials to increase inspections for drugs in an attempt to not only curb drug smuggling but also reduce incidents connected to the trade, including violence among inmates.
“Suboxone is a wonderful thing in its proper usage,” said Ed Voorhees of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. “But it can be abused and perverted.