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Nursing teams care for people who misuse psychoactive substances extends from community to custody, says Karen Blatherwick of Turning Point

Helping offenders come off drugs and alcohol is a crucial job for nurses working in prisons. Detoxing is hard for anyone, but its particularly tough for someone who is in custody, where access to drugs and alcohol is prohibited.

People in prison experience physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms such as cravings and low mood, and are at risk of self-harm or even suicide. Thats why support in custody that mirrors what is available in the community is essential.

Treatment stabilises drug-taking and alcohol misuse, with the result that people are less likely to re-offend on release.

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Since last year Ive been working at Leicester Prison where my organisation, the charity Turning Point, has taken an innovative

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