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All Prison Service establishments have local strategies for combating drugs which focus on reducing supply, reducing demand and reducing the potential for damage to the health of prisoners, staff and the wider community. A multi agency approach is encouraged, and this may include use of the services of health authorities and charitable trusts, whether free or not. The Government have also provided £5.1 million in additional funds for new treatment schemes in 1996-97. Furthermore, the Prison Service is considering with the Department of Health the resources required to ensure that drug misusers in prison have access to cost effective and appropriate services during remand, sentence and, if appropriate, on release.
Prison governors have not been asked to support the cost of mandatory drug testing from existing budgets and £4.2 million in additional funds was made available to cover the staffing costs of mandatory drug testing (MDT) in the current year. Laboratory and courier costs have been met from central funds.
The attached table of statistics shows the percentage of random MDT samples testing positive for each drug and reveals no clear trend from Class B and C drugs to Class A drugs.
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