Drugs in prisons: exploring use, control, treatment and policy

Kolind, Torsten and Duke, Karen L. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2567-4218 (2016) Drugs in prisons: exploring use, control, treatment and policy. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 23 (2) . pp. 89-92. ISSN 0968-7637 [Article] (doi:10.3109/09687637.2016.1153604)

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Drugs are an increasingly salient concern in many prisons around the world. Specific prison drug policies are made, drugs are illegally used and legally prescribed, drug use and drug sale is sanctioned, drug profits are generated, and drug use is an important public health and treatment priority in most prisons. A growing number of prisoners are using drugs and a large proportion of people who use drugs have been in prison. As a consequence of such developments, everyday life in many prisons is dictated by drug-related issues. The purpose of this Special Issue is to critically examine and advance research relating to the growth in use, control and treatment of drugs within the prison environ- ment as well as research on relevant governmental policies and practices. The articles highlight a diverse range of issues including the dynamic nature of the drugs problem in prison in relation to the substances being used, how they are administered, the meanings and motives associated with drug use and dealing and the way in which the drug market operates, but also the ways in which supply reduction, demand reduction and harm reduction responses have developed within different prison settings. The papers draw on a range of different quantitative and qualitative research designs and methodologies, highlighting the voices of the prisoners themselves as well as the practitioners and policy- makers who are tasked with dealing with the problem of drugs in prisons.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Editorial
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 19995
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy on 03/03/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.3109/09687637.2016.1153604
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Depositing User: Karen Duke
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2016 10:04
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 22:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/19995

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