CARE – Quality and continuity of care for drug users in prisons

Project overall goal and objectives: to produce, collate, and disseminate data and knowledge on drug use and related risks in prisons and on drug treatment, harm reduction, overdose prevention in custodial settings and reintegration upon release, with a view to ensuring continuity of care for prisoners from prisons to the community. Particularly in Eastern Europe under the Workstream 3, the project aims at mapping, developing and introducing innovative harm reduction approaches to reduce drug-related deaths and overdoses in prisons and upon/after release from prisons, as well as building the capacity of staff in the criminal justice system, healthcare professionals and drug user community to properly address the aforementioned problems.

Key activities: include mapping existing overdose prevention programs for released prisoners and identifying good practice models of overdose preventions services upon release in the EU countries (Scotland, Denmark, Italy and Spain). The project encompasses developing a training module on overdose prevention upon release from prisons, focusing on issues related to continuity of care and conducting training for trainers on overdose prevention upon release from prisons as well as providing a follow-up mentoring for the training participants.

Expected results: include development of innovative harm reduction approaches to reduce drug-related deaths and overdoses in prisons and upon/after release from prisons and building the capacity of staff in the criminal justice system, healthcare professionals and drug user community to properly address overdose.

Completed projects
Countries covered by the project
Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania
Project timeline
January 2013 - December 2014
Total budget
Workstream 3: EUR 67,233.00 (EC funding: EUR 56,028.00)
Project donor
European Commission (EC)