Date lodged: 10 May 2019
To ask the Scottish Government how many times new psychoactive substances have been found in prisons in each of the last five years.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 May 2019
There were 3 occasions in 2017 and 3 occasions in 2018 when this was also the case. No incidents were recorded in 2015 or 2016.
There were 25 occasions in 2019 where forensic testing confirmed the possession of psychoactive substances.
I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. His response is as follows: