Prisoners are more likely to have used drugs compared with the general population, and they are more likely to have engaged in risky forms of use, like injection. Up to 70% of European prisoners have used an illicit drug. Many prisoners have complex health needs and assessment and treatment of drug related problems is important in prison. Two important principles for the implementation of health interventions in prison are ”equivalence of care” with that provided in the community and “continuity of care” on admission and release are key principles to guide the provision of health care in prisons.
Health and social responses to drug problems: a European guide provides an overview of actions or interventions undertaken to address the negative consequences associated with the illicit drug phenomenon. It acts as a gateway to a wide range of online resources, including links to evidence and tools.
Some information on the European prison health picture may be found in the European Drug Report: Trends and Developments. This yearly report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use, public health problems, drug policy and responses.
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