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Drugs: Prisons

Volume 473: debated on Wednesday 12 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the new prison clinical drug treatment announced in the Drugs Strategy will include treatment for cannabis use. (192363)

The clinical drug treatment elements of the new Drug Strategy will not include treatment for cannabis use.

There is no evidence to support any clinical intervention for the management of cannabis dependence. There are however, effective psychosocial interventions to address this problem so heavy users of cannabis can receive intensive interventions which are available in prisons through the counselling, assessment, referral, advice and throughcare service teams.