The NPS Crisis in British Prisons

Authored by: Shanna Marrinan , Giuseppe Bersani , Ornella Corazza

Handbook of Novel Psychoactive Substances

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138068292
eBook ISBN: 9781315158082
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Chapter 4, “The NPS crisis in British prisons”, written by Shanna Marrinan, Giuseppe Bersani and Ornella Corazza, discusses how NPS have become one of the most serious threats to the safety and security of the prison system in the United Kingdom - where over 40,000 cases of self-harm related to NPS have been reported, including a dramatic increase of assaults to prison staff. The chapter analyses how health professionals working in such secure settings often lack the necessary expertise to tackle these situations. It explores how the NPS prison phenomenon is also spreading to other countries, and the urgent need to develop education and prevention programmes in prisons.

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