LAGS LAP UP ‘OLD’ DRUGS

Coke and heroin flood jails

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - EX­CLU­SIVE ED GLEAVE TV Ed­i­tor ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by JOE HINTON

PRIS­ON­ERS are us­ing huge amounts of “old school” drugs de­spite the re­cent rise of mind-bend­ing Spice.

Fig­ures show 5,113 in­mates tested pos­i­tive for nar­cotics such as co­caine and heroin in 2016/17.

The most com­mon drug used was cannabis, which showed up in 2,549 pos­i­tive tests.

Heroin sub­sti­tute Subu­tex, which is given to ad­dicts be­hind bars, was used il­le­gally 1,152 times.

Opi­ates such as heroin and mor­phine were present in tests on 1,150 pris­on­ers.

Glyn Travis of the Prison Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion said: “These fig­ures show that tra­di­tional drugs are still a real risk in a prison en­vi­ron­ment.

“In­mates on any drugs are dan­ger­ous. In re­cent years, the emer­gence of new psy­choac­tive sub­stances has slightly TRANS­GEN­DER star Talu­lahEve Brown is be­ing lined up as a re­al­ity TV judge.

The for­mer Bri­tain’s Next Top Model con­tes­tant, 23, is in talks to join the panel for a UK ver­sion of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The US se­ries sees wannabe drag queens bat­tling to im­press judges in­clud­ing RuPaul and Michelle Vis­age.

We can re­veal Talu­lah-Eve has had se­cret dis­cus­sions with Michelle, who ap­peared on Celebrity Big Brother.

In an ex­clu­sive chat, Talu­lah said: “A UK ver­sion would be bril­liant and I’d be hon­oured to be a judge.

“Not long ago, my agent reached out to Michelle and Drag Race for me to be a guest judge on the Amer­i­can se­ries. “Michelle replied to say I’d be amaz­ing on the show. I didn’t even think she’d know who I was.” Talu­lah had a tough time dur­ing her stint on Bri­tain’s Next Top Model this year af­ter clash­ing with ri­vals.

She reck­ons her ex­pe­ri­ence means she’ would be the per­fect judge on Drag Race. Talu­lah said: “I’d be able to re­late to the other con­tes­tants as I’ve been in the same po­si­tion. “It’s quite sim­i­lar to Next Top Model in that there are chal­lenges and elim­i­na­tions as well as the usual an­tics that go with shar­ing a house with 10 other dra­matic bitches. “Also, be­fore I outed my­self as trans, I in­tro­duced my fe­male per­son as a drag al­ter ego as a way for peo­ple to get used to it and not get shocked when I came out. “So, in re­lat­ing to the con­tes­tants, I’d def­i­nitely un­der­stand the chal­lenges, es­pe­cially with the cos­tumes and be­ing able to per­form in them. We all know how the­atri­cal they can be.” masked the is­sue with old-style drugs. But as these fig­ures show, the dan­ger has not gone away.”

Mersey­side prison HMP Ken­net, which re­cently closed, had the worst ran­dom drug test re­sults with 32.9% of in­mates fail­ing.

HMP Bris­tol was the sec­ond worst. In­spec­tors who vis­ited in March found “a del­uge of il­licit drugs”. One in three pris­on­ers tested pos­i­tive. HM Chief In­spec­tor of Pris­ons Peter Clarke said drugs were “fu­elling vi­o­lence, debt, self-harm and phys­i­cal and men­tal ill­ness”.

A Prison Ser­vice spokesman said: “We take a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to drugs. We are tak­ing un­prece­dented ac­tion to stop the sup­ply of drugs in our pris­ons and step up the de­tec­tion of il­le­gal con­tra­band.”

■ PER­FECT: Gor­geous Talu­lah-Eve reck­ons she’d be ideal for role

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