Audit: Millions wasted by Mich. Dept. of Corrections on drugs for prisoners

Lansing — A new audit says there are millions of dollars in waste in the way the Michigan Department of Corrections supplies drugs to prisoners.

The report by Michigan Auditor General Thomas McTavish released today found the department lacked proper procedures to control costs, minimize waste, keep track of inventory and return unused medications for refunds.

It also didn't require prisoners with money to pay for over-the-counter medications from the prison store, as it should have, the audit found.

The report said the department wasted between $852,000 and $8.5 million a year by not controlling the prescriptions of "high-cost atypical antipsychotic medications," which it said are prescribed in Michigan prisons at levels that "far exceed the levels reported for prison populations in other states."   More...