“PriSUD: Diagnosing and treating substance use disorders in prison” is an ongoing research project financed by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (HSØ) in collaboration with Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research (SERAF). The project aims to improve both mental and physical health among persons with substance use disorder (SUD) in Norwegian prisons. The project will run from 2019 until 2022 and is led by Anne Bukten together with a research group.
Using unique registry data and in collaboration with frontline research communities and user organisations, the project will study prisoners’ access to adequate substance use treatment and outcomes related to these. In addition to registry data, the project will utilise data from the Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction study (NorMA); a comprehensive survey of drug use and health-related factors among persons in Norwegian prisons.
The prevalence of substance use disorders is high among prison inmates compared to the general population. In the NorMA-study, more than 50% of the participants reported daily use of any substance in the six months prior to incarceration. Mapping and evaluating the access to and outcomes of substance use treatment in prison is, therefore of great importance. PriSUD is the first study in Norway to examine the longitudinal perspective of persons with substance use disorders in prison, including the time before, during and after imprisonment.