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Author Jean Long, A. ♦ Shane Allwright, A. ♦ Cecily Begley, B.
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Prisoner View ♦ Drug Use ♦ Irish Prison ♦ Harm Reduction ♦ Qualitative Study ♦ Health Professional ♦ Drug Misuse ♦ Drug Use Practice ♦ Male Prisoner ♦ Low Availability ♦ Outside Prison ♦ Drug Service ♦ Dublin Prison ♦ Drug User ♦ Syringe Exchange ♦ Drug Injecting Practice ♦ Harm Reduction Intervention ♦ Grounded Theory Approach ♦ Inadequate Injecting Equipment Cleaning Practice ♦ Increased Health Risk ♦ Supported Harm Reduction Intervention ♦ Substance Misuse Related Problem ♦ Prison Environment
Abstract 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.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Publisher Date 2003-01-01