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Changing patterns of substance misuse in adult prisons and service responses. A thematic review.

Creator:

HM Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales

Subject Keywords: Drug treatment
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Report
Region: Wales
England
Description:

Drug misuse is a serious threat to the security of the prison system, the health of individual prisoners and the safety of prisoners and staff. Its effects ripple outwards to harm prisoners’ friends and families and the wider community of which they are a part. An increasing number of reports of the misuse of medication in prison and concerns that traditional supply reduction and treatment strategies were ineffective were the initial driver for this thematic inspection. However, the availability of new psychoactive substances (NPS), particularly synthetic cannabis known as ‘Spice’ or ‘Mamba’, became highly prevalent during the preparation for this report. NPS have created significant additional harm and are now the most serious threat to the safety and security of the prison system that our inspections identify.

Date:

01/12/2015

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

HM Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales. (2015) Changing patterns of substance misuse in adult prisons and service responses. A thematic review. [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/1111540 [Accessed: 18th October 2017].

  

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