LONDON, Ky (WYMT) - It is a tiny, yet very addictive drug that some inmates are getting their hands on through the mail.
The Laurel County Correctional Center is looking to put a stop to suboxone strips making their way into the jail through envelopes.
The jailer recently changed the policy about what type of mail inmates can receive in hopes of keeping the jail drug free.
"It was very difficult for nearly 400 inmates to go through every piece of mail, break it down to see if anything was coming through," said Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley.
Some inmates receive mail that has suboxone strips in the seems of the envelope, which Jailer Mosley says is hard to catch.
Inmates at the Laurel County Correctional Center can no longer receive mail in an envelope. The jailer says they are only accepting post cards.
"Our highest priority is safety and security of the inmates, and unfortunately sometimes the people that we have to protect them against is themselves," said Jailer Mosley.
He says he is being proactive and aggressive about keeping the drugs out of jail.
Under the new policy, inmates will still be allowed to receive mail from their attorney and the court system.
All other mail that is not a post card will be discarded.