What Happened When Prisoners Zimbabwe's Codeine Cough Syrup 1 day ago   06:04

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Jamie Mosley is a successful entrepreneur, who started a company, and made a lot of money, selling a product you might not have realized there was a market for: E-cigarettes that are safe for jails.

Specifically, for his jail — or at least, that's how it started.

Mosley, a former state police officer who moonlights as a NASCAR driver, was elected Jailer of Laurel County Kentucky in 2012. Without the option to sell tobacco in his commissary, the jail saw a new set of problems emerge, like withdrawal issues, more inmate fighting, and an increase in black market trade of tobacco. Furthermore, Mosley found that corrections staff had one less thing to take away from inmates to discourage bad behavior.

"When I developed the product. It was really not with the intention of starting a company I was just trying to solve a problem within my own facility." Mosley told VICE News. So he got the idea to introduce a vape option to his jail, but all of the ones on the market were too easily turned into weapons. So he invented a solution.

"Everything out there had a metal casing or was a very very hard plastic, and could be hammered down into a shank," Mosley said, "We also wanted something with a very low voltage so that you couldn't utilize it for an ignition source to start a fire with."

Crossbar, as Mosley calls his product, is now in some 33 prisons and jails across the country, and is expected to do $3.5 million in sales this year.

It sells to prisons and jails for about $2 to $3, and the jails, in turn, sell it to inmates for between $10-15. One Crossbar e-cig is said to be the equivalent of about two packs of cigarettes, but inmates say they are still essentially luxury items. And while Mosley sells the ecigs to his own jail at cost, it’s not hard to see the excellent profit margins that would be attractive to other facilities. This additional revenue source is one of the main marketing points for Crossbar.

And while the e-cig trade has made Mosley a fairly wealthy man, he insists he has no plans to give up the job he loves: working at the jail.

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Crossbar, as Mosley calls his product, is now in some 33 prisons and jails across the county, and is expected to do $3.5 million in sales this year.
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Juul Has left the chat
Brian Jacobsen
Your making bank.
Bro Zack
Lol they can make a smoke bomb with that
Coziee
The thing is, you are in jail to suffer
kåhêê†
3:05 vape god
Brahim
did any one else hear yanny county jail
DafR_
2:23 'Live for recoverey'
Darragh Noone
They all started to drop the soap
ARDEACT
Amazing. That officer is thinking about humanity before viewing inmates as offenders/enemies. He cares about rehabilitation
ThE DuKc
This is a very good idea
EpixDevo
Give em weed
Switch Dolphin
They grow beards,they can talk about bread and olive oils for a long time.. but the wrost and most frightening is they listen to Mumford and sons..
burnt f1ames
Next up: what happens when prisoners get safe coke
Communist Fries
Omg i live there
elcgmail
Very reasonable & humane solution to a serious problem! Nothing is ever perfect....Win-Win-Win
Best Bangers
Looks like a high school bathroom
Dodgy Skull Guy
This guy deserves to make a lot of money. He should be making more than Kim Kardashian anyway, for sure.
Kwitz King
im going to jail
Anonymous random Guy
They should only be given to inmates that behave and follow rules of the penitentiary...
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Zimbabwe's Codeine Cough Syrup What Happened When Prisoners 1 day ago   10:39

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Zimbabwe is at risk of losing its youth to codeine cough syrup, as the addiction epidemic has already engulfed what the experts estimate could be over half the country’s young people. Despite the growing problem, Zimbabwe’s government has not yet opened rehabilitation clinics, meaning addicts are often sent to prison or psychiatric wards.

The cough syrup, often of the brand BronCleer, is imported illegally from South Africa, and is sold on every street corner, in bars, school yards and on busses for as little as $3 a bottle.

We meet current and former users, as well as the NGOs pushing the government to open up rehabs, to find out why cough syrup has become the drug of choice for so many young Zimbabweans.

This documentary was produced with help from DanChurchAid.

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