Insights on Prison Needle and Syringe Programs: Research With Former Prisoners in Canada [2017]

Although injection drug use occurs inside Canadian federal prisons, the correctional service does not allow prisoners access to sterile injection equipment as a harm reduction measure. International evaluations have shown that prison-based needle and syringe programs (PNSPs) lead to many beneficial health and other outcomes, and contribute to safer environments for prisoners and staff. This article presents qualitative data from a community-driven study with 30 former prisoners in Ontario, Canada. Participants shared insights that are highly valuable for understanding the prison context in relation to the need for PNSPs, both in Canada and in other jurisdictions.

Emily van der Meulen, Tara Marie Watson, Ann De Shalit

The Prison Journal, Vol 97, Issue 5, 2017