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Her Majesty's Pharmacy
BBC Article:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40544569

So that's quite a lot of illicit substances which will do doubt fuel beatings, dangerous dept, psychological ill health and general angst and friction.

Humans have always sought to escape unpleasant realities via chemistry and it will never stop. Here it's happening in an entirely artificial and supposedly controlled environment not unlike wider society in microcosm. Might some of the same solutions be potentially pertinent?

How about a Portuguese model within the prisons? Everything legal but supply controlled by the institution. Costs and dept could be managed. Mr Big loses his monopoly. Users evaluated when they seek to acquire. Problem users and suppliers identified immediately. 

I know I'm dreaming and that anything this radical is anathema to those in power. I'm just wondering what others think. Because the thing with inmates is, even though they've done wrong, they're still very much like people and should perhaps be treated accordingly.

And the mobile phone thing? Faraday mesh costs pennies a square meter.
That is a wacky idea, but would be a very interesting experiment at least. Also, I wonder what the situation is like in prisons in Portugal; are inmates considerably more desperate and drug-hungry inside, compared to the much more free outside they have? Interesting to think about.
Unfortunately, Portugal haven't adopted the same attitude within prisons which they have in external society. There's additional frictions between the officer's union, local authorities and central government.

"What is the treatment available for drug users and for drug addicts in prison? Are there harm reduction programmes?

The statute sets out a requirement of therapeutic intervention for prisoners suffering from addiction. In fact there are methadone programmes and, in exceptional cases, as in the drug-free wings, there are programmes adapted for the prison. These programmes do not meet the best medical criteria. For treatment, often nothing more than tranquilizers are given. The shortfalls of the available programmes were clearly noted in the CPT Report of 2012, after visiting just three prisons which are not among those with the most severely deficient programmes. As noted at ¶72, “Drug abuse and drug dependency remains a problem in all the prisons visited, but was particularly pronounced in Paços de Ferreira Prison, where medical staff estimated that 70% of inmates used drugs, with around 30% being drug dependent. Methadone drug-substitution programmes are available in prisons, in conjunction with the National Institute for Drugs and Drug Addictions (Instituto da Droga e da Toxicodependência - IDT), which is responsible for initiating persons onto the programme. However, at Linhó Prison, only prisoners already enrolled in a methadone programme prior to their arrival at Linhó could access the programme”."

Source: http://www.prisonobservatory.org/index.p...Itemid=116
"How about a Portuguese model within the prisons? Everything legal but supply controlled by the institution."

No such thing as legal drugs in Portugal; drugs were decriminalised in order to keep as many drug users as possible from getting harsh prison sentences, but they're not legal and you can still go to court and pay fines if you get caught with drugs by the police. You can also be charged with intent to supply and yes, that's still a criminal offense and you'll most likely go to jail.
"In recent years, legal highs - or psychoactive drugs - had become a problem, he said, as the prison population had shifted in character to include more gangsters and a higher proportion of sexual and violent offenders"

Kinda blames the legal high problem on the rapists and murderers lol
Amusing read
They say pain is relative, it certainly feels like a relative of mine... One that I can't get rid of.
Here's a Portuguese model. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7KYRHFWwPGw/Uj...00/ac1.jpg

To get to the core of what I meant, what would happen if the drugs inevitably supplied within jails were managed by the institution rather than inmates.

Given supply is inevitable, just like civvy street, why not control and manage it?

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