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US: Injecting drug misuse is rare in prisons

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 04 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:281

Several different prison systems exist in the United States: a federal prison system, 50 state systems, and more than 3000 local jail systems (for short term imprisonment). Overall estimates of health care are therefore sparse. Some estimates do exist, however, about the state and federal systems of long term prisons.

Last June 1012 851 Americans were recorded in state and federal prisons, according to the US Justice Department. About 90% were in state prisons. By …

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