Prisons: Drugs

Justice written question – answered on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of David Burrowes David Burrowes Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1601W, on Drugs: prisons, how many detainees began clinical drug treatment on (a) detoxification and (b) extended prescribing programmes in 2006-07.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

During 2005-06, 51,520 prisoners entered prison detoxification and drug maintenance programmes.

Since April 2007, these two interventions have been reported separately. In the period April to October 2007, the following clinical interventions for prisoners with drug dependence in prisons were provided: (a) detoxification 26,932; and (b) extended prescribing 7,263. This is a total of 34,195 interventions.


P. Simon data can fluctuate as prison establishments finalise their entries.


P. Simon database, HM Prison Service.

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