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Massachusetts corrections officer arrested for conspiring to smuggle Suboxone strips into prison

Published On: 05-16-2018 in Category: addiction

The authorities have arrested a 51-year-old corrections officer on charges of trying to smuggle opioids into a Massachusetts prison. According to the U.S. Justice Department, William Holts of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, was arrested on May 9, 2018, for allegedly agreeing to bring in over 100 Suboxone strips into the prison for an inmate in exchange for $2,000 cash.

The authorities managed to arrest Holts, an officer at the Massachusetts Correctional Institute (MCI) in Norfolk, on the basis of a series of recorded calls that served as evidence of his intentions to distribute the drugs. According to the call recording, Holts agreed to meet with a source outside the MCI to receive the cash and get the 100 Suboxone strips to be smuggled into the prison. As per court documents, Holts had earlier smuggled some contraband for the inmate.

If found guilty, Holts could be sentenced to a minimum 10 years of prison term, in addition to three years of supervised release and $500,000 fine. Being a Class III controlled substance, Suboxone has the potential for abuse because of the resulting high. It is a sought-after substance in prisons across the U.S. In the past, authorities have reported some cases of Suboxone being smuggled in envelope seams and stamps.

Suboxone, which is used to treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) may also be abused as the medication is known to cause overdose. With the nation reeling under the devastating opioid epidemic, the need for life-saving medications such as Suboxone is high. However, with addictive prescription drugs being sneaked into prisons, the authorities concerned say that such dangerous drugs can pose a threat to the safety and security of the prison system.

Drug menace across Massachusetts

Against the backdrop of the ongoing opioid crisis nationwide, several regions across Massachusetts are also battling addiction to prescription drugs like Suboxone, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, morphine and methadone. Studies suggest that the drug menace in the Boston area and in the rest of Massachusetts has reached alarming proportions. The phenomenal surge in opioid overdose deaths in the last two decades across the state is supported by significant evidence. Trends show that those dependent on prescription opioids often switch over to heroin due to economic reasons, as the latter is cheaper than opioids. In Massachusetts, heroin abuse is no longer limited to urban areas. Now, it is also rampant across rural communities, claiming young victims.

Law enforcement agencies across the state are equipped with Naloxone, a drug sold in the market under the brand name Narcan, used to reverse the deadly effects of a heroin overdose. Media reports suggest that authorities have already thwarted innumerable tragedies statewide because of timely Narcan interventions.

Battling addiction menace

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to Suboxone or any other drug, seek treatment immediately. The Boston Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 857-254-1818 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.

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