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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 [The Cochrane Library] . (2019) Interventions for drug‐using offenders with co‐occurring mental health problems. London: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (10) https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD010901.pub3

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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