institutional responses to them is limited, sporadic and heterogeneous in the European
Countries. The research activity therefore covers the compilation of the existing bits and
pieces of information of the different data collections and research efforts.
The European Mapping Report is a compilation of all the relevant information available from different
reliable sources in order to build up country profiles and a European map regarding Harm
Reduction in the prison setting:
- Compilation of the available general information about the prison population in the
EU 28+ Norway and Turkey (referred as EU-30).
- Analysis of the available information about infectious diseases and drug use among
prisoners in the 28+2 countries.
- Compilation of the available data about the available responses and interventions
aiming prisoners who used drugs, especially of those who injected drugs in the 28+2
- Analysis of the available information about harm reduction related policy documents
and principles in the 28+2 countries.
Prisoners report much higher prevalence rates of drug use and more harmful consumption patterns than the general population. People who use drugs have above-average experiences with the criminal justice system in general, and the prison system and subsequent release situations in particular. Release from prison is associated with increased mortality rates among drug users due to the risk of overdose. The EU-funded project ‘My first 48 hours out’ aimed to address the gaps in continuity of care for long-term drug users in prison and upon release, with a special focus on drug user’s perspectives on needs and challenges upon release.