NPS use in European prisons – assessing prevalence and providing a comprehensive strategy for effective prevention and intervention
The use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in European prisons has become a serious health and social problem with numerous life-threatening poisonings in the last years. This project is the first to assess the prevalence of NPS use in three European countries known to face this problem (Germany, Poland, and Hungary) by an nterdisciplinary approach using comprehensive urine analyses and qualitative social research. On the basis of the type of drugs detected and the results
of qualitative structured interviews conducted with employees in the penal system, a strategy including modular trainings for penal system professionals as well as prisoners will be developed to reduce NPS use and related harms in European prisons.