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For Immediate Release

August 29, 2017

Contact: Jeff Lyons
Public Information Officer
Phone: 603-271-5602

Reduction in Illicit Substances Being Abused in the State Correctional Facilities

(Concord, NH) The New Hampshire of Department announces that after the implementation of many interventions to combat the introduction of illicit substances within the State Prisons, we are finding a downward trend in the number of people incarcerated testing positive for illicit drugs

Through a series of changes over the last few years and a dedicated team of correctional officers, investigative staff and front-line staff, the Department has found a demonstrated decline in the use of illicit drugs in our prisons. These advances have occurred also as a result of the addition of a specific unit for the treatment of substance use disorders (Focus Unit), changes in the mailroom policy in 2015, the implementation of drug detection K-9 unit in 2016, and most recently adjustments to the visiting room practices in 2017.
The Department is reviewing responses to proposals to provide Body Scanner technology as part of enhancing our security screening processes. In addition, the budget provided money to increase the number of K-9s in our drug unit. The Department will continue to track the use of drugs and combat this important issue to maintain safety and good conduct within our facilities.

Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “The introduction of drugs into prisons is a challenge faced by correctional institutions nationwide and we are encouraged that our efforts to reduce the use of drugs in our prisons have shown positive results.”

chart of total percent of positive test results
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