Synthetic cannabis kills in prison


“A prisoner has died after a suspected drug overdose at Forest Bank prison in Greater Manchester.

The inmate is believed to have taken the potent synthetic drug spice before becoming ill at the category B prison in Pendlebury, Salford. He died in jail on Sunday morning.

Another prisoner was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary on Saturday; a prison spokeswoman said the incidents were unrelated.

The suspected overdose will prompt further warnings that the Prison Service is in crisis after three large-scale riots, wildcat strikes and a surge in violence at the end of last year.

The death is the 16th in prisons in England and Wales since the start of this year, equivalent to more than one every other day, according to the civil rights group Inquest. There were 345 recorded deaths across the prison estate in 2016, one-third of which were suicides and 57 of which are yet to be classified.”

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