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Prisoners (Psychotropic Drugs)

Volume 982: debated on Wednesday 2 April 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the inmates of Wandsworth prison are currently being given psycho-tropic drugs; how many were given such drugs during 1979; how many of these prisoners have become dependent on or addicted to the drugs; and how many of these prisoners are suicide or attempted suicide cases after being on the drugs.

We have no reason to suppose that any prisoners have become dependent on or addicted to psychotropic drugs as a result of treatment received in prison, but if the hon. Gentleman has a particular case in mind and will let us have the details we shall look into the matter. Information to answer the other parts of the question is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.