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Gaceta Sanitaria

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CARAVACA-SANCHEZ, Francisco et al. Implications of psychoactive substances on the health of men deprived of liberty. Gac Sanit [online]. 2015, vol.29, n.4, pp.292-295. ISSN 0213-9111.

Objective: To describe the frequency of the use of alcohol and other drugs, as well as different types of victimization in men deprived of liberty in the prisons of Castile-La Mancha (Spain). Material and methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a sample of men deprived of liberty in four prisons in Castile-La Mancha. An anonymous questionnaire on victimization was distributed among a total of 425 prisoners, with a confidence interval of 95%. Results: The most commonly reported assaults were verbal, affecting 41.4% of the prisoners (n = 176) and the least common were sexual, affecting 7.8% (n = 33). The most commonly consumed substance was cannabis, with 40.2% (n = 171) of prisoners consuming it in the previous month. Conclusions: Victimization and substance use is a reality in prisons, and there is a statistically significant association between the two phenomena. This association should be further studied to design preventive measures and improve prison life.

Keywords : Prisons; Victimization; Sexual violence; Drugs of abuse.

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