“PriSUD: Diagnosing and treating substance use disorders in prison” is an ongoing research project financed by the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority (HSØ) in collaboration with Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research (SERAF). The project aims to improve both mental and physical health among persons with substance use disorder (SUD) in Norwegian prisons. The project will run from 2019 until 2022 and is led by Anne Bukten.
Using unique registry data and in collaboration with excellent research communities and user organisations, the project will study prisoners’ access to adequate substance use treatment, and outcomes these. In addition to registry data, the project will utilize data from the Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction study (NorMA); a comprehensive study of drug use and health related factors among persons in Norwegian prisons.
The project is organized in three main Work Packages (WP) relating to studies of different time periods; before, during and after incarceration. The WP’s are illustrated in the following chart: