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Drug users in prison (DUP)

An overview of the data

This section reports on various studies of prison inmates in different EU Member States and Norway over the past decade. Results shown in the studies cover a range of drugs including opiates, cocaine, cannabis and polydrug use, and prevalence is estimated for a range of inmate sub-populations: injectors, males, females, youth. A further, more complete table is available in the supplementary table to the bulletin, indexed below.

Table DUP-105. Prevalence (percentage) of drug use among prisoners in EU Member States and Norway — full listing of studies.

The first table of the section, Table DUP-0 gives the source bibliographic references for the studies reported in Tables DUP-1 to DUP-4 and Figures DUP-1 to DUP-2.

Summary points

Compared to the general community, drug use continues to be more prevalent among European prison populations. Data available from several studies carried out since 2006, estimates drug use of inmates within prison between 1% to 51%. The drug most frequently use by prisones is cannabis, followed by cocaine and heroin..(see Table DUP-105 & Table DUP-3), The most damaging forms of drug use may also be concentrated among prisoners, between 3% and 31%of those surveyed reported to have ever injected drugs (see Table DUP-2 and Figure DUP-2). Those injecting within prison represent 2–22 % of inmates (see Table DUP-4).

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