Exactly my point.
I'm on Suboxone treatment myself! If someone threw me in jail where I couldn't obtain my medicine, i'd fucking try to smuggle it in too! What's the real story here? I've been through HARDCORE opiate addiction and I managed to find a medication which totally pulled me out of the gutter. I have been clean two years thanks to suboxone and it has totally turned my life around.
Sure, opiate naive individuals can get a 'high' off suboxone.. and you certainly don't feel 'bad' when you take it, it makes you feel great.. well it makes you feel 'normal' compared to other people. Once you've been an opiate addict for long enough, you just simply don't have enough natural opiates in your brain, you are constantly sick and I don't blame these people if that's the case.
They should have been receiving treatment for their addiction in jail, not just left to rot and wallow in withdrawal. It's easy for people who have never been there to judge and say it's their fault and they should just suffer through it. Anyone who has experienced opiate withdrawal at an extreme level knows this just isn't possible! you are so sick you can't eat, sleep, stay still.....this is worst than most medical conditions! Sure, it was self-inflicted, but come on... at least they're smuggling in something that's almost impossible to get high off of / overdose on. If they were really looking to get high, they could've done the EXACT SAME THING with heroin or any other strong opiate.. but they didn't. They used Suboxone, which leads me to believe they were just seeking help.