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Inmates show high levels of drugs
A survey has shown high levels of illegal drug use among inmates in South West prisons.

Statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed almost 25% of inmates gave positive tests.

Cannabis is the most commonly used drug, but substantial numbers of inmates are taking opiates like heroin.

A Home Office report said the prison service has developed a substantial programme of drug treatments to tackle the problem.

The figures for last year showed Dorchester prison in Dorset had almost 25% of random drug tests proving positive.

Dorset's HMP Verne on Portland had 15%. Dartmoor prison in Devon had 10%, with Exeter prison just under 10%.

The figure for HMP Portland in Dorset was just over 5% positive testing.

Channings Wood prison near Newton Abbot in Devon had the lowest result, with just over 4%.


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