Drug-related deaths among recently released prisoners in Ireland, 1998 to 2005.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/132722
Title:
Drug-related deaths among recently released prisoners in Ireland, 1998 to 2005.
Authors:
Lyons, Suzi; Walsh, Simone; Lynn, Ena; Long, Jean
Publisher:
Humanitas Foundation
Journal:
International Journal of Prisoner Health
Issue Date:
2010
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/132722
DOI:
10.1080/17449200802692086
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
The aim of this study was to investigate deaths following release from prison among individuals recorded on the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI). A descriptive analysis of individuals with a history of imprisonment in the NDRDI from 1998 to 2005 was undertaken. Between 1998 and 2005, 130 (5.3%) of the recorded cases had a documented history of imprisonment, 105 of whom were not in prison at the time of their death. Of these 105, 89% were male, 62% were aged between 20 and 29 years, 84% were unemployed, and 10% were homeless. Almost two thirds (61%) had a history of injecting drug use, and 34% were reported to be injecting at the time of their death. Almost one third (28.1%) of the deaths occurred within the first week of release from prison, with a further 18% in the first month. Opiates were implicated in 89% of all poisonings in the first month after release from prison. Additionally, 62% of these poisonings involved polysubstance use. The study highlights the need for more intensive prevention measures in the period immediately following release from Irish prisons, including the development of a national overdose prevention strategy.
Keywords:
PRISONER; MORTALITY; DRUGS MISUSE

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLyons, Suzien
dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Simoneen
dc.contributor.authorLynn, Enaen
dc.contributor.authorLong, Jeanen
dc.date.accessioned2011-06-07T13:36:25Z-
dc.date.available2011-06-07T13:36:25Z-
dc.date.issued2010-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17449200802692086-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/132722-
dc.descriptionThe aim of this study was to investigate deaths following release from prison among individuals recorded on the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI). A descriptive analysis of individuals with a history of imprisonment in the NDRDI from 1998 to 2005 was undertaken. Between 1998 and 2005, 130 (5.3%) of the recorded cases had a documented history of imprisonment, 105 of whom were not in prison at the time of their death. Of these 105, 89% were male, 62% were aged between 20 and 29 years, 84% were unemployed, and 10% were homeless. Almost two thirds (61%) had a history of injecting drug use, and 34% were reported to be injecting at the time of their death. Almost one third (28.1%) of the deaths occurred within the first week of release from prison, with a further 18% in the first month. Opiates were implicated in 89% of all poisonings in the first month after release from prison. Additionally, 62% of these poisonings involved polysubstance use. The study highlights the need for more intensive prevention measures in the period immediately following release from Irish prisons, including the development of a national overdose prevention strategy.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHumanitas Foundationen
dc.subjectPRISONERen
dc.subjectMORTALITYen
dc.subjectDRUGS MISUSEen
dc.titleDrug-related deaths among recently released prisoners in Ireland, 1998 to 2005.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Prisoner Healthen
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