Journal article

Continuity of health impairment and substance misuse among adult prisoners in Queensland, Australia

SA Kinner

International Journal of Prisoner Health | Published : 2006


Prisoners experience high rates of chronic physical health problems, poor mental health and high rates of substance misuse. However, little is known about what happens to prisoners after release from custody, except that many re-offend and a disproportionate number die from drug overdose, suicide, accidents and other causes. Using a prospective design, 160 prisoners in Queensland, Australia were interviewed prior to release then 1 and 4 months post-release. Most prisoners had a history of substance misuse and many reported poor mental health pre-release. The prevalence of these problems was also high post-release and there was a high degree of continuity of impairment. These findings add sup..

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