France: beyond the stigma
How to reduce the risks linked to substance use in prison?
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Certain substances are prohibited in prison: drugs, alcohol, syringes. But despite strict and sometimes invasive measures, many prisoners have access to them. Unregulated consumption carries risks: transmission of infectious diseases, overdose, coma. While harm reduction policies are practiced in the outside world, such measures have been difficult to introduce in the prison system.
Doctors of the World has implemented health promotion programmes in Nantes-Carquefou prison. Irène Aboudaram and Marie Hornsperger work for the organisation and were involved in this project. Prison Insider asked them three questions.
— This interview is part of the series Problems of substance: living with addiction in prison.