Hundreds of drug busts at Ipswich region jails
THERE have been 537 drug, alcohol or tobacco seizures at the three prisons near Ipswich over the past two years.
The prisons include Arthur Gorrie, Brisbane Women's and Wolston Correctional Centres - three of the state's largest jails.
There were 258, 178 and 101 illicit substance seizures respectively.
The most common items prisoners are being caught with at all three prisons include pharmaceuticals, syringes, buprenorphine, alcohol and prescription drugs.
Several prisoners at Brisbane Women's have been busted with cocaine, meth, ecstasy and heroin.
Buprenorphine is one of the most commonly seized drugs in prisons across the state.
It is a prescription drug used to help people to withdraw from heroin and methadone dependence.
Queensland is the only state that does not have a methadone treatment program for adult prisoners - despite overwhelming medical evidence that it works.
Australian Institute of Health Welfare research shows 70% of prisoners have used drugs before being locked up.
The most common drugs prisoners used before being locked up include marijuana 50%, methamphetamine 37%, pain killers 17% and heroin 15%.
A Queensland Corrective Services spokesman said the organisation took the control of contraband in prisons very seriously.
He said procedures were in place to ensure cells were randomly checked and information received was acted on swiftly.
"Prisoners often take extreme measures to smuggle contraband into prisons," he said.
"Drug detection and testing are vital tools in keeping our prisons as free of drugs as possible.
"We maintain an extensive drug testing regime and use a range of detection strategies including intelligence, passive alert drug detection and joint operations with the Queensland Police Service."
ARTHUR GORRIE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE - TOP DRUG SEIZURES
Pharmaceuticals - 64
Syringes - 37
Drug implements - 32
Buprenorphine - 29
Alcohol - 26
BRISBANE WOMEN'S CORRECTIONAL CENTRE - TOP DRUG SEIZURES
Syringes - 33
Buprenorphine - 19
Pharmaceuticals - 17
Prescription drugs - 15
Seroquel - 5
WOLSTON CORRECTIONAL CENTRE - TOP DRUG SEIZURES
Syringes - 19
Prescription drugs - 13
Pharmaceuticals - 11
Seroquel - 7
Alcohol - 4