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Drummond, Anne and Codd, Mary and Donnelly, N and McCausland, D and Mehegan, J and Daly, L and Kelleher, Cecily (2014) Study on the prevalence of drug use,including intravenous drug use, and blood-borne viruses among the Irish prisoner population. Dublin: National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol.

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Accurate up-to-date data on the extent of drug use and the prevalence of blood-borne viruses among the prisoner population are a necessary pre-requisite for health and social service planning and policy development. The most recent national study assessing the prevalence of blood-borne viruses, along with self-reported drug use within Irish prisons (Allwright et al., 1999),was carried out over a decade ago. This study was commissioned by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD)* in 2010 with the following objectives: to describe the nature, extent and pattern of consumption for different drugs among the prisoner population; to describe methods of drug use, including intravenous drug use, among the prisoner population; to estimate the prevalence of blood-borne viruses among the prisoner population and to identify associated risk behaviours; and to measure the uptake of individual drug treatment and harm reduction interventions (including hepatitis B vaccination)in prison.


Date:April 2014
Pages:126 p.
Publisher:National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Opioids (opiates) > Heroin
B Drugs and alcohol substances > Opioids (opiates) > Methadone
G Health and disease > Drugs and alcohol disorder > Multiple drugs and alcohol use (Polydrug)
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV infection
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis B
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C
HA Screening, identification, and diagnostic method > Medical screening and diagnostic method
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Prison-based health service
MM-MO Crime and law > Justice system > Correctional system and facility > Prison
T Demographic characteristics > Drug user
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
T Demographic characteristics > Prison Inmate (prisoner)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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