HC Deb 26 March 1998 vol 309 c228W
Mr. Sarwar

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what measures are being taken to improve treatment for drug addicts in prisons in Scotland. [35899]

Mr. McLeish

All prisons in Scotland have a range of support measures for drug abusing prisoners. These include new drug reduction units at Barlinnie and Shotts Prisons; new relapse prevention programmes to tackle the long term needs of reformed addicts; and clinical prescribing to alleviate the symptoms of opiate withdrawal. The approach is multi-disciplinary and evidence based, and involves collaborative work with external agencies, to ensure so far as possible that the range of support measures inside prison reflects those available in the community and that there is adequate throughcare.

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