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S5W-11364: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many incidents involving new psychoactive substances have been reported in Scotland’s prison estate in each of the last three years, broken down by prison.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 28 September 2017

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service, to respond. His response is as follows:

There has been one incident in the last year across the SPS prison estate, where forensic testing has confirmed the possession of psychoactive substances.

There have also been a number of varying incidents, across all prisons, where the unsubstantiated abuse of substances may have been a contributing factor. Intelligence suggests that some of these may relate to the illegal use of psychoactive substances however it is impossible to say conclusively that this is the case.

SPS will continue to review its policy and tactical options to address this emerging issue.