Self-Reported Healthcare Needs of Addicted Criminal Offenders

Paul J. Goldstein, University of Illinois at Chicago

Interviews, physical examinations, and psychological testing were conducted with a sample of 360 chemically dependent inmates and detainees at Cook County Jail in Chicago. Respondents were predominantly male (75%), African-American (about 80%), and had a mean age of about 39. Data are presented that examine patterns of drug use, and self-perceived health status. In the previous 12 months, respondents were primarily users of tobacco (88%), alcohol (64%), crack cocaine (56%) and heroin (54%). Major health problems experienced in the previous 12 months include dental, injuries (both intentional and unintentional), respiratory (primarily asthmna), mental health. validity and reliability of self-reported healthcare needs, and utilization fo correctional healthcare services, are discussed.

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