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Drug Use among Prisoners: an Exploratory Study

3rd July 2001

This is an exploratory study of drug use among prisoners and the issues facing prisoners. The aims of the study were to:

• explore the nature of drug use among prisoners;
• explore the impact of incarceration on prisoners' drug use;
• explore users' perceptions of services available to them within the prison setting
• examine the experiences of non-drug-users within a prison setting, where there may be a significant number of prisoners with a history of drug use.

Lucy Dillon
The Drug Misuse Research Division
The Health Research Board

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