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Addiction Treatment Access and Utilization Among Criminal Justice Involved Populations

Addiction Treatment call for papers imageEdited by Andrea Finlay, Ingrid Binswanger, and Christine Timko

People with criminal justice involvement – including people in jails or prisons, on diversion, at the time of arrest, or in community corrections – have a high prevalence of substance use disorders and may be at risk for poor health outcomes. During the transition from criminal justice contexts to the community, many individuals experience fragmented care which can interrupt treatment for addiction and other chronic health conditions. People with untreated substance use disorders may struggle to maintain housing, employment, and family relationships, which may further negatively impact their access to health care.

Despite research and programming dedicated to supporting criminal justice populations, important knowledge gaps remain. The editors hope that this thematic series in Addiction Science & Clinical Practice advances understanding of how to improve health outcomes among criminal justice populations who have substances use disorders or use substances in the U.S. and international settings.

Articles have undergone the journal’s standard peer-review process. The Guest Editors declare no competing interests.

  1. Content type: Research

    More than 80% of people in jail or prison report having used illicit substances in their lifetimes. After release from incarceration, resumption of substance use carries risks, including parole revocation, exa...

    Authors: Adam Chamberlain, Sylviah Nyamu, Jenerius Aminawung, Emily A. Wang, Shira Shavit and Aaron D. Fox

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:7

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  2. Content type: Research

    Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and is concentrated among disadvantaged populations, including individuals with a history of criminal justice involve...

    Authors: Tyler N. A. Winkelman, Katherine Diaz Vickery and Andrew M. Busch

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:2

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  3. Content type: Research

    Alcohol use disorder (AUD) and unhealthy drinking are prevalent among women involved in the criminal justice system and women military veterans. Pharmacotherapy—including naltrexone, topiramate, acamprosate, a...

    Authors: Emmeline Taylor, Christine Timko, Alex H. S. Harris, Mengfei Yu and Andrea K. Finlay

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2019 14:1

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  4. Content type: Research

    The non-medical use of opioids has reached epidemic levels nationwide, and rural areas have been particularly affected by increasing rates of overdose mortality as well as increases in the prison population. I...

    Authors: Amanda M. Bunting, Carrie B. Oser, Michele Staton, Katherine S. Eddens and Hannah Knudsen

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2018 13:23

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  5. Content type: Research

    Addiction treatment improves substance use and criminal recidivism outcomes among justice-involved individuals with substance use disorders, but is underutilized. Although information exists regarding barriers...

    Authors: Mandy D. Owens, Jessica A. Chen, Tracy L. Simpson, Christine Timko and Emily C. Williams

    Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2018 13:19

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