Cigarettes Alcohol and Drugs
Am I allowed to smoke in prison?
You don’t have a right to smoke in prison. (Rule 26) However, you may smoke in prison with the permission of the Governor. You must ask for permission to smoke in your cell or in other parts of the prison. Smoking is only allowed in certain areas in prison including your cell and outside areas
Am I allowed to drink alcohol in prison?
You do not have a right to drink or possess alcohol unless the Governor gives you permission to do so. (Rule 26)
Am I allowed to use illegal drugs in prison?
No. Unless you have a valid prescription from a doctor, a psychiatrist or dentist (Rule 26), you may not have, and no member of the prison staff should provide you with, any controlled drug or medicine.
Hair, Urine and Saliva Samples
You might have to give a hair, urine or saliva sample so prison staff can detect the presence or use of any:
- controlled drug
- medicinal product.
This is not done for substances prescribed by a prison doctor, psychiatrist or dentist.
If you refuse to provide a sample, this is serious as you are breaching (not following) prison discipline.
Prison staff may randomly search you after a visit, even if you are not a known drug user. This is because you could be put under pressure to bring drugs into the prison for other prisoners.
If you wish to stop smoking or if you have a drink or drug addiction problem, you should discuss this with the staff. They will be able to advise you about appropriate services or give you information about counselling available in your prison.