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Utah Prisons Deny Inmates Crayon, Marker And Sticker Drawings Over Drug Concerns

DRAPER, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) — Two Utah prisons are banning drawings of crayons, markers and even decorative stickers over concerns they could contain illegal drugs.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Utah Department of Corrections won’t allow inmates to receive these items at the Utah State Prison in Draper and the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison.

Officials worry that the items may contain Suboxone, which contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone used to treat opiate addiction.

“We’ve got to begin somewhere to curb contraband coming in,” Kerry Galetka, mail unit tech supervisor at the Utah State Prison, told the Tribune. “We may have to add more to it as time goes on. It’s hard to pinpoint every little thing.”

Officials say Suboxone – which can turn into a paste – can be coated onto children’s drawings that inmates receive.

According to the Tribune, the prisons enforced the ban at the end of September as a precautionary measure after other facilities reported contraband in children’s artwork inmates were receiving.

The Utah State Prison receives up to 10,000 pieces of mail a week.

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