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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11366: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to address the misuse of new psychoactive substances in prisons.

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:

SPS is aware of the emerging risks presented by the use of psychoactive substances within prisons, which are reflected in the growing challenges presented within the wider community.

It should be noted that components utilised within psychoactive substances are subject to frequent change. Products used for testing and identifying these substances, therefore, quickly become obsolete, presenting challenges to successful detection in the custodial environment.

SPS will continue to evolve its understanding of the use of psychoactive substances and deploy a range of tactics in order to address the alleged use of such substances within prisons.