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Alcohol, drugs and treatment

About half of all inmates have a substance abuse disorder when they go to prison, and after release, the risk of overdose death and relapse into substance abuse is very high. Because of this, it is important to detect substance abuse disorders upon arrival at the prison and offer adequate treatment for substance abuse disorders during imprisonment, which will lead to better health for people with substance abuse disorders in prison.

The PriSUD project aims to investigate the prevalence of substance abuse disorders among inmates in Norwegian, Swedish and Danish prisons. We will also examine the availability of adequate drug treatment in prison, as well as the outcome of such treatment after release in a Nordic context. 

Together with a number of partners, we work with a number of sub-projects focusing on alcohol use and drug use before imprisonment, screening, drug use during imprisonment and various outcomes after imprisonment. 

Publications on the topic

Pape, Hilde, Rossow, Ingeborg, and Bukten, Anne. "Are Short Audit Screeners Effective in Identifying Unhealthy Drinking of Varying Severity? A Prison Population Study." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 229, B (2021).​

Lindstad, Marianne, Skurtveit, Svetlana, and Bukten, Anne. "For Mye Eller for Lite Medisiner? En Nasjonal Studie Av Forskrevne Psykofarmaka Blant Innsatte i Norske Fengsler." Norsk Epidemiologi 29, no. 1-2 (2021).


Pape, Hilde, Rossow, Ingeborg, and Bukten, Anne. "Alcohol Problems among Prisoners: Subgroup Variations, Concurrent Drug Problems, and Treatment Needs." European Addiction Research 27, no. 3 (2021): 179-88.


Havnes, Ingrid Amalia, Bukten, Anne, Rognli, Eline Borger, and Muller, Ashley Elizabeth. "Use of Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids and Other Substances Prior to and During Imprisonment - Results from the Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction (Norma) Study." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 217 (2020): 108255.

Bukten, Anne, Lund, Ingunn Olea, Kinner, Stuart A., Rognli, Eline Borger, Havnes, Ingrid Amalia, Muller, Ashley Elizabeth, and Stavseth, Marianne Riksheim. "Factors Associated with Drug Use in Prison – Results from the Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction (Norma) Study." Health & Justice 8, no. 1 (2020): 10.

​Muller, Ashley Elizabeth, Havnes, Ingrid Amalia, Rognli, Eline Borger, and Bukten, Anne. "Inmates with Harmful Substance Use Increase Both Exercise and Nicotine Use under Incarceration." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 12 (2018): 2663.

Rognli, Eline Borger, Bramness, Jørgen G, Skurtveit, Svetlana, and Bukten, Anne. "Substance Use and Sociodemographic Background as Risk Factors for Lifetime Psychotic Experiences in a Non-Clinical Sample." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 74 (2017): 42-47.

Bukten, A; Lokdam, N T; Clausen, T; Skærvø I. Bruk, besittelse og ruspåvirket kjøring blant innsatte i Norske fengsel 2000-2019. SERAF rapport, 3/2021(pdf)


Bukten, A; Stavseth, M R; Skurtveit, S, Lund, I O; Clausen, T. Rus og Helsesituasjon blant innsatte i kriminalomsorgen. SERAF rapport, 2/2016 (pdf)