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Type: Journal article
Title: Harm reduction behind bars: prison worker perspectives
Author: Miller, E.
Moore, J.
Bi, P.
Citation: Sage Open, 2013; 3(3):1-12
Publisher: Sage Publications
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 2158-2440
2158-2440
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Emma R. Miller, Jan M. Moore and Peng Bi
Abstract: We aimed to identify how strategies to reduce the risk of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in prisons could be implemented in a way that is acceptable to those with the responsibility for implementing them. Prison officer and nurse perceptions of HCV and attitudes toward a range of harm reduction interventions, including clean needle and bleach provision, were explored. In the context of highly prevalent feelings of resentment, most of the proposed strategies were perceived by all staff as a threat for officers and a privilege for prisoners. Addressing the underlying concerns of prison staff is essential in achieving a fully collaborative harm reduction effort. Ongoing resistance to proposed harm reduction strategies underscores the relevance of these findings for prison settings in Australia and elsewhere.
Keywords: Alcohol; Correctional institutions; Drugs; Health communication; Policies; Prison studies; Tobacco
Rights: © The Author(s) 2013.
RMID: 0020131384
DOI: 10.1177/2158244013494209
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