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Prisoners Get Drunk On Swine Flu Soap

From the UK’s Guardian:

Prisoners found drinking anti-swine flu hand gel to get drunk

Steven Morris

Thursday 24 September 2009

Hand gels supplied to a prison to combat the risk of swine flu have been removed after inmates realised it contained alcohol and began drinking it to try to get drunk.

At least one prisoner at HMP The Verne on Portland, Dorset, was found intoxicated. The Prison Service confirmed that this case was being investigated but meanwhile antibacterial gel pumps had been removed as a "precautionary measure".

Andy Fear, a member of the Verne’s Prison Officers Association (POA) committee, said the canisters had been ordered because of the swine flu threat.

"It was subsequently reported by some association members working here that the inmates had been incorrectly using them, for want of a better phrase," he said.

"The suspicion that was reported to us was that some of the inmates had drunk them. Of course some of the officers expressed concerns over potentially having to deal with prisoners who have had a drink."

The Guardian reported in August that the NHS was aware of a rising number of cases of patients with drink or drug problems stealing the £10-a-litre gel and mixing it with orange juice, Lucozade or cola to create powerful cocktails, including one suspected death.

Tim Roberts, branch chairman of the POA, said the association had raised concerns when it was first announced that the gel dispensers were being placed in the prison, because of the alcohol content.

A Prison Service spokesman said: "On 21 September a prisoner at HMP The Verne showed signs of intoxication, the cause of which will be investigated. Antibacterial gel pumps have been removed from the prison as a precautionary measure."

The Verne prison, a category C jail, opened in 1949 on the site of a former military barracks dating from the end of the 19th century. It holds just under 600 men.

Unintended consequences strike again.

But swine will be swine.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Prisoners Get Drunk On Swine Flu Soap”

  1. proreason says:

    It sounds like there may be some Obamy voters, even in the UK.

  2. DW says:

    Northern Manitoba was hit particularly hard by the swine flu virus. Especially in the Indian reserves.
    The government refused to send hand-sanitizers (alcohol wipes) to aforementioned reserves because the wipes contain..well…alcohol.

    Then Health Canada turned around and started shipping body bags to the same reserves.

    While -in all fairness to Health Canada- body bags are a pretty routine item to ship to reserves, the Indians are (justifiably) not amused.
    Ahhh…socialized medicine…

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    If you get the swine flu .. you will need OINKment.

    However, if you get the old bird flu .. you can get TWEETment.

    Have fun with those, huh.

  4. 1laidbackRN says:

    They’re in prison anyway…. What does it matter if they get the swine flu????

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I would give a damn if they croaked in prison. We’ve been molly coddling these types FAR TOO LONG!!

  5. Reality Bytes says:

    Gee, had I known I would have cursed around Mom more.

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