chapter  4
The NPS Crisis in British Prisons
ByShanna Marrinan, Giuseppe Bersani, Ornella Corazza
Pages 10

Chapter 4, “The NPS crisis in British prisons”, written by Shanna Marrinan, Giuseppe Bersani and Ornella Corazza, discusses how NPS have become one of the most serious threats to the safety and security of the prison system in the United Kingdom - where over 40,000 cases of self-harm related to NPS have been reported, including a dramatic increase of assaults to prison staff. The chapter analyses how health professionals working in such secure settings often lack the necessary expertise to tackle these situations. It explores how the NPS prison phenomenon is also spreading to other countries, and the urgent need to develop education and prevention programmes in prisons.