Self-Identified Problems Among Drug-Involved Offenders Receiving Prison-Based Substance Abuse Treatment

Carl G. Leukefeld, University of Kentucky
Michele Staton, University of Kentucky
Matthew L. Hiller, University of Kentucky
Rick Purvis, Kentucky Department of Corrections

As part of the NIDA-funded Health Services Use by Chronic Rural Drug Abusers project, 661 prisoners completed a face-to-face baseline interview with reseach staff before their parole. For this study, incarcerated substance users receiving residential treatment (n-233) were compared with general prison population prisoners who were not in treatment (n-428) to examine differences in their self-reported drug use, health problems, criminal justice problems, mental health problems, HIV risks, and previous use of health/mental health/substance abuse treatment services. It was expected that male prisoners receiving substance abuse treatment would present more problems which was not the case for multiple drug use before incarceration, use of alcohol anhd marijuana thirty days before incarceration, 11of 16 health problems, 8 of the 8 mental health problems examined, and the number of times in previous health/mental health/substance abuse treatment. Regressions were used to identify which problems were most predictive for males receiving drug treatment and for males not receiving drug abuse treatment in order to better understand prison substance abuse treatment. Implications are presented.

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Updated 05/20/2006