LAGS LAP UP ‘OLD’ DRUGS
Coke and heroin flood jails
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.
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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.”
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