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Interview with Ron, Amber and Debra

JM: Did you always have access to necessary medications?
Ron: Kind of - you could request stuff like Advil and they would bring them around and make sure you swallowed them. I heard a lot of horror stories, though, about the jail withholding stuff like psych meds. I don't know for sure if it was true.
Amber: No meds given.
Debra: Yes, I always had access to medications that I needed if I got sick or if someone else got sick.

JM: How did you get your medications?
Ron: A nurse cart would come around. Some of the nurses were surprisingly friendly. They would make sure you didn't "cheek" your meds although some inmates would still do it and "sell" them (things like Xanax were most popular). When you sell something in jail it usually means you trade it for commissary unless you are in the annex and have access to cash.
Amber: Not applicable.
Debra: The nurse would bring them around the different blocks at night, before bed, and in the morning, when we woke up.

JM: What types of punishments were incurred for abuse of drugs? Did you ever witness this?
Ron: The worst thing I saw somebody get busted for was chewing tobacco although there were rumors of people bringing alcohol, cocaine and heroin in. I would assume that getting caught with any of these would incur new charges and land you in the hole for a while with a loss of commissary privileges and stuff. Chewing tobacco would usually just mean that you got "rolled up" meaning you were sent from the annex to the main jail with no opportunity to go to your job anymore.
Amber: I never saw anything like this.
Debra: A person that drug abuse was put in the hole and kept there for 23 hours. Phone call privileges were taken away until they decided to give them back.

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