Treating drug users in prison — a critical area for health-promotion and crime-reduction policy


Estimates suggest that at least half of the EU's 356 000 prison population has a drug-use history and many of those entering prison have a severe drug problem. Prison does not necessarily stop the use of drugs, neither does it necessarily address the therapeutic needs of problem drug users. Relatively high rates of HIV, hepatitis, tuberculosis and other infections associated with drug use are also found among the prison population.