State audit names problems with prisons

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s prison pharmacy is susceptible to having over-the-counter drugs and medical supplies stolen or misused, according to a state audit released Thursday, but correction officials argue solutions could be unfeasible or expensive.

The performance audit said the state prison system’s central pharmacy, which dispenses more than 4,800 medications daily to 79 prisons, is too loose in providing access to supplies, even allowing pharmacists to take items without requesting items from stockroom employees.

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