Drugs in Prison is an essential handbook for all those who work with prisoners as well as students of penal drugs policy. Comprehensive and easy to use, it: provides up-to-date information on drugs, drug misuse and drugs legislation; outlines government and prison strategies for tackling drug misuse; describes the various methods being used to combat drugs in prison; reviews the effectiveness of these approaches and the performance of different establishments; discusses future strategy and practice. Also featured are extensive index, a glossary, and useful appendices, case studies and checklists, which service to reinforce key learning points.

Dangerous Drugs

Dangerous drugs

Defining Drug Misuse

Drug-taking is endemic in this country. The desire to take mood-altering stimulants appears to be irresistible. The everyday use of drugs has become part of our culture. Coffee, tea, cigarettes, wine, beer, whisky, sleeping pills and tranquillizers are drugs that can be taken legally. In prison, drug use is restricted to coffee, tea and cigarettes, and the temptation to acquire and misuse unlawful substances and drugs is considerable.

Effects on Individuals

The effects of drugs on each individual vary enormously because there are so many unquantifiable factors to take into account. This means that over-generalizations as to ‘cause and effect’ can be misleading.

Consider the following factors:

  • the amount taken;
  • the previous history and tolerance of taking the substance;
  • the expectations of the user;
  • the physical surroundings;
  • the ...
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