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Prisons: Drug Usage

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

14. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to reduce the level of drug usage in prisons. (127803)

To tackle drug-use in custody, NOMS has in place a comprehensive drug strategy. The strategy's three key aims are to: reduce the amount of illicit drugs getting in—by using a co-ordinated range of supply reduction measures; reduce the demand for drugs—through delivery of effective drug treatment; and strengthen through-care links with the community, helping ensure timely continuity of care for drug-users on release. While NOMS remains committed to doing more, the drug strategy is already making significant progress, with drug-use—as measured by random mandatory drug testing—down from 24.4 per cent. in 1996-97 to 10.3 per cent. in 2004-05; a reduction of 58 per cent.