Exploring the intersection of drug addiction and mental ill-health in Scottish prisons: a qualitative study of incarcerated men

Ross Deuchar*, James Densley

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Abstract

This article presents insights from small-scale qualitative research exploring the intertwining nature of drug addiction and mental ill-health among men in Scottish prisons. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 men in two Scottish prisons. The men’s narratives suggested that increased tension in prison halls had stimulated a huge surge in the use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), in turn increasing and deepening existing mental ill-health and violence. They believed health care in the prisons to be of low quality, and that methadone was prescribed as a mechanism for social control. Implications for future policy, practice and research are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Drug Issues
Early online date16 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Mar 2023

Keywords

  • drugs
  • prisons
  • mental health
  • Scotland
  • men

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