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Perry, Amanda E and Martyn-St James, Marrissa and Burns, Lucy and Hewitt, Catherine and Glanville, Julie M and Aboaja, Anne and Thakkar, Pratish and Santosh Kumar, Keshava Murthy and Pearson, Caroline and Wright, Kath and Swami, Shilpi (2019) Interventions for drug‐using offenders with co‐occurring mental health problems. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , (10) .

URL: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/1...


Background

This review represents one from a family of three reviews focusing on interventions for drug‐using offenders. Many people under the care of the criminal justice system have co‐occurring mental health problems and drug misuse problems; it is important to identify the most effective treatments for this vulnerable population.

 

Authors' conclusions

Therapeutic community interventions and mental health treatment courts may help people to reduce subsequent drug use and/or criminal activity. For other interventions such as interpersonal psychotherapy, multi‐systemic therapy, legal defence wrap‐around services, and motivational interviewing, the evidence is more uncertain. Studies showed a high degree of variation, warranting a degree of caution in interpreting the magnitude of effect and the direction of benefit for treatment outcomes.

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