New EMCDDA publication: Prisons and drugs in Europe: the problem and responses
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) introduced the new publication. This issue starts off by reviewing the available data on drug use among prison populations in Europe, focusing on injecting drug use and other health risk behaviours. Major health risks for drug-using prisoners, including blood-borne infections and infections that can affect all prisoners equally, such as tuberculosis, are discussed. Also mentioned is the role of prison environments, where overcrowding and unsanitary conditions are not uncommon, and the higher-than-average occurrence of psychiatric problems among prisoners.