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Prisons: Drugs

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners were engaged in drug-related intervention during 2007-08, broken down by method of intervention. (240700)

The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has in place a comprehensive drug treatment framework, based on the National Treatment Agency’s revised Models of Care, to address the different needs of drug-misusers in prison. The interventions available are designed to meet the needs of low, moderate and severe drug misusers—irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity.

NOMS does not collate centrally the number of individual prisoners accessing drug interventions. However, the following table shows the number of interventions delivered in the last full financial year (2007-08) in adult prisons by intervention type. Individual prisoners may have accessed more than one of these interventions in the time period.

Intervention type

Interventions delivered 2007-08

Intensive Drug Rehabilitation Programmes1 (starts)


CARATs (substance misuse triage assessments)


Substance misuse detoxification programmes2


Maintenance prescribing programmes




1 Programmes available in prison are split into four main categories: “cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)”, “The 12-Step approach”, “Therapeutic Communities (TCs)”, “Short Duration Programme (SDP)”.

2 Drug and alcohol detoxification data cannot be disaggregated.