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New research to test success of prison drugs initiative

Posted on 22 February 2013

New research led by the University of York will carry out a detailed appraisal of Drug Recovery Wings which have been established in 11 prisons in England and Wales.

The three-year study by researchers in the University’s Department of Health Sciences in partnership with Centre for Drug Misuse Research in Glasgow and the University of Cambridge, aims to assess what impact DRWs have on prisoners’ drug or alcohol dependency and their impact on prisoners’ re-offending.

It will identify which DRWs are most successful and focus on therapeutic programmes and interventions which work best.  Researchers will also study DRWs’ impact on the broader prison population and the economic costs and savings associated with them.

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