Prisons: Drugs

Home Department written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Chris Mullin Chris Mullin Labour, Sunderland South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) resources available to prisons to provide drug misuse rehabilitation and (b) number of prisoners requiring this treatment.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The following table shows details of funding allocated for the totality of prison drug treatment for the years 2005-06 and 2006-07:

£ million
Intervention 2005-06 2006-07
Clinical services (maintenance-prescribing, detoxification) 11.3 23.3
CARATs (Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Through-care service) 26.7 31.7
Drug rehabilitation programmes 19.4 19.4
YPSMS (Young Persons Substance Misuse Service) 2.9 2.9
Total drug treatment 60.3 77.3

Data on the number of prisoners requiring drug treatment are not recorded in the way requested. Instead, prisons rely on epidemiological data which show that, on average, approximately 55 per cent. of prisoners report a serious drug problem prior to prison, with 80 per cent. reporting some prior misuse.

The following table shows the number of prisoners who have benefited from drug treatment over the past two years (for which full-year data are available). Individual prisoners may engage in more than one form of treatment:

Intervention 2004-05 2005-06
Clinical services—entrants to maintenance-prescribing and/or detoxification programmes 53,903 53,323
CARATs—substance misuse triage assessments conducted 59,025 (1)74,588
Drug rehabilitation programmes—
Entrants 7,621 10,743
Completions 4,902 8,011
(1 )Of which 8,709 juvenile/YPSMS element.

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