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In one case several years ago, a schizophrenic inmate in Rush City committed suicide by overdosing on more than 125 painkillers he’d been able to hoard, his prison medical records show. The inmate had been the subject of five volumes of mental health records indicating a history of drug dependence, and prison officials knew from those records that he had demonstrated suicidal behavior.
Still, administrators allowed him to acquire an unlimited amount of over-the-counter pain drugs at the prison canteen, the newspaper found. “How this patient was able to have all these medications at his disposal was explained to me by the guards — that due to budget constraints, the prison has an honor system for obtaining some medications, and some of the prisoners have been hoarding medications,” a doctor wrote.
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