Legal Highs

First prisoner to die at HMP Berwyn – Inquest continues

A prisoner who died after being found “slumped” at a Welsh prison had taken synthetic drug Spice, an inquest heard. Luke Morris Jones, 22, from Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd, died after he was taken from HMP Berwyn to Wrexham Maelor Hospital on 31 March 2018. The inquest into his death found he had been under […]

Birmingham Prison – ‘The Worst Prison Riot Since Strangeways

Authorities have regained control of one of the country’s biggest jails after trouble described as the worst since the infamous 1990 Strangeways Prison riot. Hundreds of inmates were caught up in disorder after disturbances erupted across four wings of HMP Birmingham, lasting more than 12 hours. Riot squads were deployed to the category B jail […]

Ex-inmates deliberately getting sent back to jail to sell drugs report reveals

Former inmates are deliberately getting sent back to prison to cash in on lucrative profits on offer for selling drugs previously known as “legal highs”, according to a new report. Prices for the substances can jump 33-fold once they cross into jails – providing prisoners with an incentive to go back behind bars to make money, […]

Prison officers ignore use of legal highs and pornography

Prison staff ignore inmates who are under the influence of “legal highs” in a jail where their use is a major problem, according to a watchdog report published today. The Times reported drugs had been found at the rate of ten a month, including very large parcels that had been thrown over the wall, at […]

Legal highs and drones targeted in prison crackdown

Smugglers attempting to sneak so-called legal highs into prisons will face up to two years in jail under a Government crackdown. A new law will also target those using drones to fly materials into jails. Last year authorities recorded 250 incidents of new psychoactive substances being thrown over prison walls but until now police have […]


Drug campaigners today backed the warning from police chiefs that new Government powers to ban legal highs will not work. The UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), which analyses drug laws, said simply adding to the long list of substances already banned “won’t make much difference”. Roger Howard, the UKDPC’s chief executive, said: “We are deluding […]