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FOI 2023 123 - Drug Usage and Overdoses in Prisons


Information Requested:

Under the freedom of information act can I please request the following data for the calendar years 2018, 2019, 2022, 2021, 2022 and 2023-present:
1. How many drug overdoses there has been in each prison, both male and female
2. What type of drug/drugs was involved in each case 
3. Was the person involved registered as having a drug problem/an addict?


Information provided for the answer:

Thank you for your recent request dated 24th August 2023.

Public Health Wales does not hold this information.


All prison death investigations are published through the below link:

Fatal Incident reports | Document Types | Prisons & Probation Ombudsman (










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