People released from prison who struggle with both mental illness and substance use problems are 12 times more likely to sustain an injury compared to those in the general public, according to a new Australian study published in the journal The Lancet.
Researcher Jesse Young from the Centre for Mental Health at the University of Melbourne led a study that analyzed the hospital records for 1,307 people released from seven Queensland prisons from 1 August 2008 to 31 July 2010.
His findings reveal that, among the 1,307 released, 227 had a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use problems; 99 had mental illness only; 314 had substance use disorder only; and 617 had no recent history of mental disorder
After release, a total of 407 suffered 898 injuries resulting in hospital contact. Of the 407, a total of 122 had both mental illness and substance use problems; 35 had mental illness only; 82 had substance use disorder only.
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Traci Pedersen, PsychCentral
April 20, 2018