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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2021) Prison and drugs in Europe: current and future challenges. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. DOI 10.2810/587522.

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This publication provides an overview of current knowledge and the latest developments in the field of drug use and prison in Europe. The report explores in depth the epidemiology of drug use and drug-related problems among the prison population, the available social and health service responses to drug-related problems in prison, including the most recent evidence of effectiveness, and the drug supply and markets inside prison. It also discusses recent and future challenges in this area. The report will be of interest to policymakers and their advisors, specialists and practitioners, researchers and scientists and all those concerned with the issue of prison and drugs.

Table of contents:

Executive summary

Chapter 1: An introduction to prison and drugs in Europe

Chapter 2: Drug use before, during and after imprisonment

Chapter 3: Drug-related health problems of people in prison

Chapter 4: Health and social responses to drug problems in prison

Chapter 5: A focus on harm reduction interventions in prison

Chapter 6: Available evidence and good practice addressing drug use and related harms in prison settings

Chapter 7: Supply of drugs in prison

Chapter 8: Current insights and future challenges


Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, International, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco)
Intervention Type
Harm reduction, Crime prevention
June 2021
Identification #
DOI 10.2810/587522
124 p.
Publications Office of the European Union
Corporate Creators
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication
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