Intended for healthcare professionals

Letters Needle exchange in prisons

Why have prison needle exchange programmes not yet been rolled out in the UK?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6211
  1. Jonathan Brett, advanced trainee clinical pharmacology and addiction medicine1
  1. 1St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia
  1. jonathan.brett2005{at}

The introduction of needle and syringe exchange programmes in Australian prisons is a huge step forward considering the glacially slow worldwide movement of redressing health inequalities in prisoners.1 Despite the UK Department of Health’s intention back in 1999 to “identify health problems, deliver treatment and ensure seamless transition back into the community,”2 the government …

View Full Text

Log in

Log in through your institution


* For online subscription