CONCORD, N.H. — An analysis by a newspaper indicates that New Hampshire is finding more drugs in prisons because of an increase in testing, not necessarily an increase in drugs.
The Concord Monitor reports (http://bit.ly/2hyLPnE) that the percentage of inmates testing positive for drugs has hardly changed over five years even though the number of positive tests has grown as the state performs thousands of additional tests.
Between 2014 and 2016, corrections officials tested an additional 64,793 inmates, with the number of total tests rising from 25,790 to 90,583.
New Hampshire corrections officials say the inmate drug of choice is Suboxone, an opioid manufactured in clear strips that are easy to hide. Officials cite increases in positive drug tests to justify more restrictive policies aimed at curtailing the drug flow.
Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.concordmonitor.com