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Interview with Zach

JM: Did you always have access to necessary medications?
Zach: It was always a battle to convince the docters you needed certain meds. Drugs were money to them and they didn't like to waste them, unless they had less work to handle you if you were a zombie, which was my case. Everyone knew this, so people would cause problems just to get medicated. Inmates at the jail would also cheek their meds just ot sell them for food or other things.

JM: How did you get your medications?
Zach: A nurse would come around an give them out. They had me so drugged up that when the nurse was late, which was often, I would start to have withdrawals and become violent. You had to check and make sure you were getting yours and the right dose or you could end up overdosed or with someone else's meds. The nurses there were the bottom of the barrel and hated their jobs. You could have your family drop of your meds to give to the nurses as well.

JM: What types of punishments were incurred for abuse of drugs? Did you ever witness this?
Zach: If they found drugs, they would put you in a solitary confinement area for a set period of time. I never saw anyone get any extra time for the possession ot it, most likely becasue the staff wanted to do as little work as possible. They might refer you to someone to talk about these issues or suggest you go to a group for therapy. Drugs were so common that nothing was ever really done about it, except ask where they got it from, because staff sometimes brought it in, or guns. A guard almost got shot while I was there from a guard giving someone a gun.

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