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Prisons: Needle Exchange

Volume 684: debated on Thursday 20 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether there are any plans to introduce a needle exchange system for drug users in prisons, such as operates in Switzerland and Spain.[HL6710]

The Prison Service has no present plans to introduce a needle exchange scheme. It continues to monitor developments in the field both at home and abroad, including existing practice in the community here, policy and practice in custodial settings abroad and the effectiveness of needle exchange schemes over other harm minimisation measures in the comprehensive management of substance misusers in prison.