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Prisons: Drug Abuse

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance his Department has issued on drug abuse and treatment for drug abuse in prisons; and whether he plans to revise that guidance. (282623)

The National Offender Management Service's Interventions and Substance Misuse Group provides guidance to prison staff and prisoners about drugs misuse and treatments. This includes various prison service orders and instructions, manuals, booklets, leaflets, videos, DVDs and toolkits.

All of the guidance provided by Interventions and Substance Misuse Group is regularly reviewed and revised in order to provide the most recent best practice and advice in the substance misuse field. The manuals associated with accredited drug treatment programmes are reviewed annually and revised additions are promulgated throughout the prison estate.

The revised NOMS Drug Strategy was published In June 2009. The strategy includes a comprehensive list of supporting guidance documents. Additionally, the strategy's accompanying communication strategy "Getting the Message Across" includes an Interventions and Substance Misuse Group Approved Drug Publications list for prisons and details suitable guidance produced by other agencies relevant to drugs misuse and treatment. Getting the Message Across includes a commitment to review the composition of the list annually and identify gaps to be filled. A copy of the NOMS Drug Strategy and its supporting papers is available in the House of Commons Library and online at

www.justice.gov.uk/publications/noms-drug-strategy-2008-2011.htm