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.

Prisons and Drug Misuse

Prisons and drug misuse

The National Strategy

In October 1994, the Government published a consultation document in the form of a Green Paper entitled ‘Tackling Drugs Together’ (HMSO). This was the product of the Government reviewing its strategy for tackling drug misuse in the UK.

In April 1998, the Government published a White Paper entitled ‘Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain’, which is their ten-year strategy to tackle drugs. It has four main aims, which are as follows:

  • To help young people resist drug misuse in order to achieve their full potential in society.
  • To protect our communities from drug-related anti-social and criminal behaviour.
  • To enable people with drug problems to overcome them and live healthy and crime-free lives.
  • To stifle the availability of illegal drugs on ...
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