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Interview with Chandra

JM: Did you always have access to necessary medications?
Chandra: I asked for meds to help me sleep. They wouldn't give it to me. After 8 hours of me hurting myself deliberately, they took me to the holding cell in classification and hogtied me to the floor with the handcuffs. In the state of Florida you have to be "baker-acted" (taken to a mental health facility) and evaluated by a psychiatrist if you are threatening self harm. They don't have their own medical/psychiatric unit. They finally ended up taking me to the hospital on a police hold. They did end up giving me medication at the hospital. I didn't sleep for 3 days and became very sleep deprived. At the hospital they ended up giving me a sleep aid. But once I got back to the jail the psychiatrist had to prescribe it. They gave me thorazine. It knocks you out shortly after you take it. They give it to you at 6pm, and would fall asleep at 7 and miss my visitations because my family couldn't come until 8. Thorazine was the only drug they would give me.

JM: How did you get your medications?
Chandra: Medcart and a nurse bring around the meds. You have to show your ID band.

JM: What types of punishments were incurred for abuse of drugs? Did you ever witness this?
Chandra: They will put you in segregation and you have to go to a hearing in the jail. They give you a chance to say if you did it or not and you can be sentenced to solitary confinement.

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