Friday, September 22, 2006

Prisons Pilot Safer Drug Use

According to this article from the Times on 21st September 2006, prisons in Scotland will be trialling personal drug-taking kits for prisoners after a report by Glasgow Caledonian University into drug use and harms in Scottish prisons. The programme will be based on needle exchange schemes in Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Spain and Switzerland which have dramatically reduced rates of HIV and hepatitis transmission. This Scottish scheme is to be welcomed as a significant and pragmatic adoption of a harm reduction measure which will hopefully be rolled out across the UK's prison service.

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