A chaotic cycle of abuse and crime: prescription drugs and prisons

The prison estate is in crisis. At the heart of this “appalling” system, as described by a justice committee of MPs late last year, is an explosion in drug abuse. Much has been made of psychoactive substances such as “spice” – but that, crucially, overlooks the role of medical prescriptions – provided by prison doctors and part-funded by the taxpayers’ money, the Independent confirms.