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People in prison are more likely to have used drugs compared with the general population, and they are more likely to have engaged in risky forms of drug use, like injection. Many of those in prison have complex health needs, including drug-related problems, and assessment and treatment of drug-related problems is important in prison. Two important principles to guide the provision of healthcare in prisons are 'equivalence of care' with that provided in the community and 'continuity of care' on admission and at prison release.

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