Prisons: Drugs

Department of Health written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what systems are currently in place at (a) HMP Wormwood Scrubs and (b) HMP Pentonville to support inmates that are addicted to drugs.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mental health care provision there is at (a) HMP Wormwood Scrubs and (b) HMP Pentonville to support inmates that are addicted to drugs.

Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Prisons are asked to take action to stifle the availability of, and thereby reduce the supply of, illicit drugs into and within their establishment. Prisons should also provide a positive and constructive regime, involving a range of activities, in safe and decent conditions. A safe, decent and secure prison, with purposeful activities, can considerably reduce the demand for drugs. Each prison has a regime management plan that helps ensure this is delivered.

NHS England commissions healthcare providers to deliver a range of pharmacological or medicine based treatments to stabilise and manage drug users experiencing the problematic symptoms related to addiction. These services are intended to be delivered in conjunction with psychosocial behavioural interventions to help encourage progressive change and maintain wellbeing.

Both HMP Wormwood Scrubs and HMP Pentonville have a fully integrated model for all primary and secondary care health services within a whole health systems approach. The services offer clinical and non-clinical interventions for those presenting with substance misuse and mental health needs.

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