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NCJ Number: 149295 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Use and Scottish Prisons -- Summary Report
Author(s): D Shewan; M Gemmell; J B Davies
Corporate Author: Scottish Prison Service
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Scottish Prison Service
Edinburgh, EH12 9HW,
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7480-0692-3
Sale Source: Scottish Prison Service
Calton House
5 Redheughs Rigg
Edinburgh, EH12 9HW,
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Data were collected from 234 inmates housed in four Scottish adult male prisons, who were chosen because they satisfied certain criteria of drug-using behavior, in order to compare characteristics of prisoners who were involved in high- risk drug-using behavior and those who were not.
Abstract: The results of the study showed that cannabis use is widespread among the prison population and there are indications that the use of other drugs is not confined only to inmates with a history of extensive drug use within the community. However, the comparisons also showed a significant decrease in the range of drugs used, frequency of use, and actual amounts used in prison. Most drug injectors had stopped injecting drugs during their current sentence. However, the study also showed that being prescribed methadone in the community, then having that treatment stopped upon entry to prison, was associated with subsequent sharing of injecting equipment in prison. The authors recommend that inmates be offered admission to a detoxification program with reduction- based oral prescribing upon admission. The continuation of high-risk behaviors among some inmates is of particular concern, especially in relation to HIV. 3 figures
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV in correctional facilities; Drug abuse in correctional facilities; Drug-abusing inmates; Foreign correctional facilities; Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS); Scotland
Note: Scottish Prison Service Occasional Paper No. 5
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