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Speed use in prisons soars under Labour

Simon Power MP
National Party Law & Order Spokesman

24 August 2006

Speed use in prisons soars under Labour

The number of prison inmates testing positive for amphetamine-type drugs since 1999 has increase almost five-fold, according to figures obtained by National Law and Order spokesman Simon Power.

"It's galling for Labour to suddenly start talking about drug and alcohol treatment for prisoners when they've presided over this increase in substance abuse for the past seven years.

"In the past year only 74 inmates have completed drug and alcohol treatment programmes, despite the fact there are at least 199 on the waiting list, and an estimated 83% have some sort of substance abuse problem."

The number of prisoners testing positive for amphetamine type drugs (including methamphetamine, ecstasy) was 121 last year, compared to 24 in 1999.

"Labour can't use the excuse that this increase reflects the rising prison population, because the percentage of prisoners testing positive has increased four-fold over the same period, from 0.43% to 1.62%," says Mr Power.

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