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Title: Drug Abuse History and Treatment Needs of Jail Inmates
Journal: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse  Volume:18  Issue:3  Dated:(1992)  Pages:355-366
Author(s): R H Peters; W D Kearns
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 87-DD-CX-0005
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The extent of prior drug use and psychosocial problems related to drug use was examined among 499 jail inmates referred to the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office Substance Abuse Treatment Program.
Abstract: Results revealed that inmates were involved with drugs for an average of more than 7 years and with cocaine for almost 5 years. The majority reported extremely heavy drug use in the month prior to the last arrest, including 83 percent who had used cocaine. Many drug-dependent inmates reported a shift over time from intranasal to freebase cocaine use. Half indicated a pattern of regular drug use within a year of drug involvement. They also had severe disruption in vocational, social, and psychological functioning. Findings indicated the need for lengthy, heavily structured, and intensive treatment approaches for drug-dependent jail inmates. Their history of infrequent and unsuccessful involvement in rehabilitation programs reflects a significant need for compulsory treatment following release form jail, community supervision to ensure treatment compliance, and the development of linkages between jail drug treatment programs, courts, and community treatment providers. Figures and 17 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug abuse in correctional facilities
Index Term(s): Florida; Inmate drug treatment
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