CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s Department of Corrections says fewer inmates are testing positive for illegal drugs after it implemented a new policy to stop drugs from entering its prisons.

Inmates haven’t been allowed to get bound packages of legal mail or have access to vending machines and board games from visiting rooms. Prisoners and visitors also are barred from kissing. The changes happened following several drug overdoses at the state prison in Concord, and a suspected drug use-related death at a housing unit in Manchester.

Other changes included having a specific unit for the treatment of substance use disorders and adding a drug-sniffing dog.

The department is reviewing responses to proposals to provide body scanner technology as part of its security screening process.

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