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Drug use in prison

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 25 June 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1716
  1. P Turnbull,
  2. G V Stimson
  1. Centre of Research on Drugs and Health Behaviour, Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London SW6 1RQ.

    EDITOR, - Michael Ross and colleagues point to the problem of drug use and injecting in English and Welsh prisons and the threat this poses for HIV transmission.1 Previous studies of injecting drug users have consistently shown that the majority will at some time be imprisoned and that about a third of this group will inject in prison, of whom about three quarters will share needles and syringes.*RF 2-7*

    Our recent data show no improvement in the situation. From a sample of 507 injecting drug misusers …

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