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Italian prison inmates using more exotic illegal drugs

A quarter of jail population relying on smuggled-in products

Italian prison inmates using more exotic illegal drugs

(ANSA) - Rome, September 26 - Illegal drug use remains a serious concern in Italian prisons, especially as more inmates turn to exotic synthetic products to get high, says a report released Wednesday. As much as 25% of the prison population is using drugs, and more than 91 operations searching for illegal substances have been run by Italy's department of prison administrations this year, according to the Project Man social welfare program of the Italian Federation of Therapeutic Communities. Dealers are continually finding ways to smuggle in old-school substances like amphetamines, and hallucinogens such as LSD and ecstasy, by hiding them under postage stamps, or on postcards where they can be released after water is applied. Visitors smuggle in drugs in their shoes, baby diapers, processed foods, and even small gas cylinders used to fuel cooking stoves, said Project Man.

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