Since I’ve come to this jail, everyone [has been] banging on about getting myself sorted and off the drugs and everything you know. It’s taken a while and I’m in the right place to move forward for once, no more gear – nothing. I’m done with that life….. I’m clean now with no intention of using, so why do I need this? [Male prisoner, Prison 5]
What’ll happen is that I will leave here and as soon I get my feet on the ground the police will stop me, as always, and say…..’What’s this? You must be using again - you’re nicked [arrested]'. [Male prisoner, Prison 2]
Many of my staff understand what we are trying to do here which is get prisoners off drugs and abstinent by the time they leave here…if not abstinent entirely then at least in a positon to consider an abstinent life. For many staff, and it’s not just uniformed staff [prison officers], just handing out Naloxone give out the wrong message that says it’s alright now you can keep on using. I don’t agree with this view myself but I know they [staff] think it. [Healthcare Manager, Naloxone Action Group]
I am very concerned that Naloxone could be given out by prison officers or anyone else without healthcare input. The risks will be too great if something went wrong and the wrong person got hold of it. [Healthcare nurse, Naloxone Action Group]
Full article at: http://goo.gl/588N9e
- 1Therapeutic Solutions (Addictions) Communications House, 26 York Street, London, W1U 6PZ, UK. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2Public Health England, 2nd Floor Skipton House London Road Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6LH, UK.
- 3Addiction Psychiatry, Addictions Department, National Addiction Centre, Addiction Sciences Building, 4 Windsor Walk, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AF, UK.
- Harm Reduct J. 2016 Feb 3;13(1):5. doi: 10.1186/s12954-016-0094-1.
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