Alaska prisons dealing with drugs too

Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) Alaska prison officials are working to reduce the amount of drugs that are smuggled into correctional facilities.

KTUU-TV reported that five women overdosed at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in Eagle River in October. One of the inmates overdosed twice in the same day after going to the hospital, getting released, and sent back to the facility.  Dorthy Elizabeth Lantz was charged with distribution of a controlled substance and appeared in federal court on December 26.

Corrections officials admit it is very hard to completely halt the introduction of contraband as they can come in to a facility in a variety of ways.

Commissioner Dean Williams said the have become more sophisticated in their intelligence gathering and don't want to tip off the smugglers to changes they have made.  Many rely heavily on K-9 searches.

Suboxone, which is one of the easiest drugs to conceal, has proven to be a challenge for prison officials.

They have also focused on improvement of drug treatment programs for inmates.


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