My son is currently on remand & has been for a few months till his trial date is set. He is in prison near West Midlands I will say where this ‘spice’ is rife!! I am at desperate stages with him now as I would mean he is addicted to this.
He was a marijuana user when he entered prison & was so depressed & tried spice which he was told was harmless as he thought, and would just take the edge off his days leading up to his trial which he was worried about which still has not arrived after several months.
The staff has severely assaulted him on one occasion which I complained via letter to the Governor of which I did not get any reply (but did not expect one) and has been threatened on numerous occasions from other prisoners (spice debts!) of which I have had to pay.
I have used my savings on these debts just to keep my son safe although I am also slowly killing him which kills me. I am at desperate stages now as I do not know what to do or who to speak to for help.
My son has tried so hard to come off this, but the side effects are unbearable. He has told me in his words that he will die in prison which again I am at a point where I will do anything to keep my son.
We are a very close family, and I cannot believe I am where I am right now. As he had some ‘kick offs’ in prison due to this drug (and I will add is not like my son), he has been punished numerous times with no canteen, down the block, no phone calls as he had no cafeteria to pay for these, no job, closed visits, loss of association.
He is now on as they say ‘bang up‘for a month for yet another outburst which he mentioned to a senior member of staff out of desperation that it was due to this ‘spice.’ His reply was firstly asking other members of staff if they would take it, they said ‘no,’ so he plainly said to my son ‘well don’t take it’!
My son does not want visits anymore; he has been laid up in bed with pain in his kidneys, vomiting, paranoia, sweats, and the list goes on with no help whatsoever only willpower by himself to stop this which he can’t.
You may also say ‘well don’t take it, ‘ but when this is readily available on your doorstep, and it is especially when you are already I will say ‘addicted’ what you can do? He has tried so hard on numerous occasions to come off this but has not succeeded, and it is getting worse and worse.
I have spent let’s just say four figures in the last few months to pay for this to keep my son safe from assaults but as I said I am also hurting him myself by doing this.
I am at a point now where I will have to think carefully about taking drastic measures with the prison, although I do not trust any of the staff in there. I am in limbo! I am sure I am not the only mother who had this problem, but I do know it destroys families.
I will not give up and will do what I have to so that my son exists. There has got to be something we can do as parents, loved ones, etc. to help put an end to the misery in the prisons due to this spice!
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