Prisoners: Drugs

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th April 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to improve addictions services in prisons that are available to prisoners with drug dependency.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

All adult prisons in England have a specialist substance misuse service, commissioned by NHS England Regional Health and Justice Commissioners. These are in line with NHS England’s ‘Prison Substance Misuse Service Specification’, published in April 2018, and ‘Drug misuse and dependence: UK guidelines on clinical management’, published in July 2017.

In addition, NHS England work in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice in the joint management and development of the Drug Recovery Prison model, and are currently scoping further interventions to positively impact on recovery and promote self-management such as social prescribing approaches including sport.

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