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A state-run prison pharmacy in Ontario serves aging, growing clientele

The Old Caldwell building in Ontario is the new home for a Oregon Department of Corrections pharmacy. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell).

ONTARIO – From the street, the old Caldwell Building is a low-profile structure tucked into an out-of-the-way part of Ontario.

The unobtrusive sight belies a hub of activity inside, where 14 employees work to provide medications for inmates at eight correctional centers in Oregon, a job that’s growing as the state’s large prison population ages.

The pharmacy – which filled 300,000 prescriptions in 2018 – finished its move to leased space in the Southwest 3rd Avenue building on March 15, said Phil Montgomery, state Department of Corrections pharmacy manager.

The pharmacy formerly operated in a warehouse on the Snake River Correctional Institution grounds but was running out of room, he said.   . . .