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Old 03-08-2012, 04:01 PM
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Default Intake and anti-depressants and overcrowding

I am wondering if anyone has heard of COs giving out (or offering in a pushy way) anti-depressants to guys who are awaiting trial or transfer--basically almost as soon as they are processed, maybe a day or so later-- just because the jail they are in is so overcrowded and they are basically trying to keep everyone calm? So in other words, getting guys who were not previously on these meds to take them. Please respond if you have ever heard of this for either juvenile or adult facilities.
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Old 03-08-2012, 04:51 PM
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I don't mean illegally pushing anti-depressants. I mean suggesting that new jail inmates start taking them--ordering the meds legally and officially from the jail dispensary--because the thought is that depressed inmates + overcrowding not good for anyone.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:50 PM
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Are you asking about a PA state prison? In the fed, only a Psychologist or doctor can prescribe antidepressants. Depending on the medical/psychology staff, they are rather easy to get, or almost impossible. Even when meds are handed out, it is always done by a nurse, not a CO.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:05 PM
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Interesting question, but I have never heard of COs suggesting anti-depressants.
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Are you asking about a PA state prison? In the fed, only a Psychologist or doctor can prescribe antidepressants. Depending on the medical/psychology staff, they are rather easy to get, or almost impossible. Even when meds are handed out, it is always done by a nurse, not a CO.
Thanks! I was actually talking about jails in philly or anywhere. I had heard of this from someone in a phllly jail who was never on anti-depressants but when he was a taken to jail --which was extremely overcrowded--someone ordered anti-depressants for him and suggested he take them even though he had never been on them, wasn't depressed, nor asked for them. He said it was common there. So, i began wondering about it as either official or unofficial policy in these too-crowded jails. you are right, though, the med staff has to order and dispense it not guards...so it would be them not guards suggesting it.
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I really dont believe CO's can administer meds....i believe only the medical staff can.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:35 PM
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I really dont believe CO's can administer meds....i believe only the medical staff can.
You're correct. So not them but anyone you all know get them from the med staff when in jail "just because"?
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Having been in a lot of jails and prisons, most overcrowded, this sounds far fetched to me. I would believe your friend lost it and they put him on meds before I would believe the jails were handing out free prozac to everyone who wanted it.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:22 AM
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Having been in a lot of jails and prisons, most overcrowded, this sounds far fetched to me. I would believe your friend lost it and they put him on meds before I would believe the jails were handing out free prozac to everyone who wanted it.
That's helpful, thanks. That is certainly possible. I thought I'd ask around because of the way he described it (btw, couldn't get them to give him the epilepsy meds he did need because "they had no evidence he had been prescribed it" but did give him anti-depressants which he had never been on). Also, I wondered if this is something new--again maybe not policy but happening more frequently because of how bad things are now--triple and quadruple bunking with guys sleeping in plastic pods on the cell floors. I trust what you say, though. Sounds like it isn't happening as I thought it might be.
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