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FL Drugged Inmates ‘Walking Around Like Zombies’


Overdoses on synthetic cannabinoids, sometimes known as K2 or Spice, are the latest deadly epidemic in Florida prisons. The Florida Department of Corrections suspects K2 is behind a dramatic uptick in prison deaths, the Miami Herald reports. Meal times at Tomoka Correctional Institution Work Camp look like a scene straight out of the “Walking Dead,” says a former employee. “Everywhere you turn, inmates are walking around like zombies,” said officer Keith Raimundo, who quit in June amid disagreements with the administration and mounting frustrations with how the facility was run. “Every other inmate coming into the chow hall is high.” Red-eyed inmates shuffle in to get their dinner and sit down to eat, uncoordinated limbs struggling to place food in their mouths. Frequently, he said, someone “falls out,” common vernacular for an overdose. The inmate might faceplant unconscious into his food tray, or slip from his seat, foaming at the mouth, twitching, all of his muscles seizing.

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