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1,800 prison inmates on Methadone

1,800 prison inmates on Methadone

There are almost 1,800 Irish inmates taking the heroin substitute Methadone while behind bars.

1,793 caged criminals were trying to shake the gear last year, 472 of which were in Cloverhill Prison, Ireland’s methadone capital.

This is closely followed by Dublin city centre’s notorious clink, Mountjoy Prison, where 350 lags are using the heroin substitute.

Co Roscommon’s Castlerea Prison has the fewest addicts, with just ten people receiving treatment this year, according to reports in the Irish Sun.

Methadone is used to quell addict’s cravings for heroin but without providing the intense euphoria of gear.

It is supposed to stabilise addicts and start them on the road to sobriety, however many claim that it’s harder to get off methadone than heroin.