Prison topics page

Prison topics page


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. This means that health and other problems related to drug use, past or present, are more common among prison populations. 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.

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EU picture

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.

EMCDDA Drugs library

Items found in our library of drug and addiction resources