Testing pushes prisoners to hard drugs

May 2, 1997

MANDATORY drug testing in prison is failing, according to research at the University of Central England in Birmingham. Prisons must test between 5 and 10 per cent of their inmates each month. A positive test or refusal by a prisoner to be tested leads to loss of remission. But studies at a Birmingham prison by Morag MacDonald, a lecturer in sociology at UCE, showed prisoners were tempted to switch from soft to hard drugs because the latter were more difficult to detect in the body

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