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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

One in five inmates take drugs in South Australian prisons

Date posted: 1 October 2013

Cannabis and a prescription drug with euphoric effects are South Australian (SA) prisoners' drugs of choice, figures reveal.

SA prisons drug-test information, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, shows that in the last financial year, 839 prisoners - about one in five of the prison population - returned a positive drug test.

The most common drugs used were cannabis, buprenorphine, (a prescription drug usually used to treat heroin and other opioid addiction or for pain relief) and amphetamines.

There were almost 150 drug tests where a prisoner tested positive to more than one drug. A Drug and Alcohol Services SA spokeswoman said the illicit use of prescription opioids (such as buprenorphine) was an issue in Australia.

Network of Drug and Alcohol Service executive officer Andris Banders said 'SA prisons needed to offer more drug rehabilitation programs to break offenders' addictions.'

Source: The Advertiser


Last updated: 1 October 2013
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