Monday, July 18, 2005

Give Me a Capillectomy Please.

I really can't be bothered blogging about Graham Capill's sentencing as I'm frankly fed up to the back teeth with the whole affair. It's summed up pretty well in this ZB cross so if you feel the urge give it a whirl

As soon as Radio New Zealand gets off its backside and starts putting audio on its website I'll start linking to them as well.

Now for something completely different. How are inmates on the methadone programme bartering their drugs to other inmates? Via their vomit apparently. Methadone is used as prison barter to get other luxuries (cigarettes, phone cards and the like) from other prisoners. The problem is methadone is administered in liquid form so unlike pills can't be hidden under a tongue or in some other orifice. The only way to pass it on is to throw it up ... yuck! It possibly explains why prison drug screening has turned up positive methadone tests in inmates who weren't part of the programme.

The real irony in this whole thing is that methadone in liquid form is relatively quickly absorbed through the stomach lining. It means the "lucky" recipients aren't really getting the high they may expect, just a lot of gastric juices.

Still, it's a bit of an indictment on our prisons that their environments breed behaviors such as this.

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