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Long, Jean and Allwright, Shane and Begley, C. (2004) Prisoners' views of injecting drug use and harm reduction in Irish prisons. International Journal of Drug Policy , 15 , (2) , pp. 139-149. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0955-3959(03)00090-2.

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Drug misuse and hepatitis C are known to be endemic in Irish prisons. Using a grounded theory approach, this qualitative study sought to examine prisoners' views of drug injecting practices and harm reduction interventions in Dublin prisons. Thirty-one male prisoners were interviewed (16 injecting drug users and 15 non-injectors). Two themes relevant to drug use practices emerged. Respondents described increased health risks related to injecting drug use during detention and associated with a prison environment. These included: the low availability of heroin which encouraged a shift from smoking to injecting; the scarcity of injecting equipment which fostered sharing networks far wider than outside prison; inadequate injecting equipment cleaning practices; and the rent of needles and syringes in exchange for the drugs. Both non-injectors and injectors interviewed supported harm reduction interventions in prison and felt that the range of drug services available in prison should mirror those currently available in the community, although half opposed or had reservations about syringe exchange in prison. Prisoners viewed their time in prison as an opportunity to address substance misuse related problems; health professionals should not miss this opportunity.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Opioid
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
Date
April 2004
Identification #
https://doi.org/10.1016/S0955-3959(03)00090-2
Page Range
pp. 139-149
Publisher
Elsevier Science
Volume
15
Number
2
Notes
Contains biliographic references. Reprinted from International Journal of Drug Policy 15(2) Prisoners' views of injecting drug use and harm reduction in Irish prisons 139-149 (2004), with permission from Elsevier (Periodical Article)
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