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  • A movie about the project

    The PriSUD project is a large research project that aims to improve health among inmates with substance use disorders. But how do you do that, and why is it so important? In order to explain this complex project in a simple way, we got the Danish research dissemination company madeclear to create a so-called 'explainer'; a film that shows what the PriSUD project is all about. Watch it here! made by

  • Post.doc scholarship to evaluate drug treatment in Sweden

    Suvi Virtanen has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship of 2,4 million SEK by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte). In her project “Evaluating effectiveness of substance misuse and addiction treatment in correctional services in Sweden” she will combine the use of nationwide register data with quasi-experimental methods to evaluate whether currently offered substance abuse treatments are effective in reducing recidivism, overdoses, and mortality. One of the project aims is to investigate the effectiveness of “contract treatment” (kontraktsvård), which is offered as an alternative sanction to prison for individuals whose committed crime was closely linked with substance misuse problems.

  • What is the PriSUD project and why is important?

    In collaboration with the entire PriSUD project group, we have published the protocol of the PriSUD project. In the paper, you can read about what the PriSUD project is, what our ambitions are in the years to come, and why it is so important. The article is open access and can be read and downloaded for free here

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  • The project | Home

    PriSUD-prosjektet A large proportion of people in prison have substance use disorders (SUDs) when they enter prison, and after release, the risk of overdose death and relapse into substance use is high. Because of this, it is important to screen for SUDs upon arrival prison and to offer adequate treatment for substance abuse disorders during imprisonment. ​ PriSUD is a large research project that has been developed at the Norwegian Centre for Addiction Research (SERAF ) at the University of Oslo (UiO ). Over time, the project has increased in scope and includes both studies related to the Norwegian and the Nordic prison population. PriSUD will be the first research project to investigate the epidemiology and the lived experiences of people with SUD in the Nordic prison population. ​ The project has three parts: a large register study, a qualitative study and a study examines the possibility of using risk calculation tools. The project is funded by Health South-East and the Research Council of Norway. ​ In addition, the project has an arm in the research project PRISONHEALTH - a project run by Thomas Ugelvik at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at UiO. Read all publications from the PriSUD project here . Cohorts The PriSUD project mainly uses two data sources; two cohorts that will be used to illuminate different aspects of the project. These cohorts have been named The Norwegian Prison Release Study (nPRIS) and The Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction Study (NorMA). All data used in the PriSUD project has been de-identified. In addition, all results will be anonymized , ie no persons will be able to be identified based on material published from the study. The data in the study are stored through the Services for Sensitive Data ( TSD ). The Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction Study (NorMA ) The NorMA cohort is based on questionnaire data collected among 1499 inmates in Norwegian prisons. Data were collected in a total of 57 prison units in the period 2013-2014, and included prisons with high and low security levels, as well as transitional housing. The Norwegian Prison Release Study (nPRIS ) nPRIS is a cohort based on administrative data from all Norwegian prisons. The cohort has been updated several times, and currently contains information on all sentences from and including 01.01.2000 to and including 31.12.2019.

  • Publications | Home

    Scientific articles Bukten, Anne; Skjærvø, Ingeborg; Stavseth, Marianne Riksheim. "The association of prison security level with mortality after release from prison: a retrospective national cohort study (2000–16). The Lancet Public Health, Volume 7, Issue 7 (2022) , Pages e583-e592, doi: 10.1016 / S2468-2667 (22) 00107-4 . ​ Bukten A, Lokdam NT, Skjærvø I, Ugelvik T, Skurtveit S, Gabrhelík R, Skardhamar T, Lund IO, Havnes IA, Rognli EB, Chang Z, Fazel S, Friestad C, Hesse M, Lothe J, Ploeg G, Dirkzwager AJE , Clausen T, Tjagvad C, Stavseth MR. "PriSUD-Nordic — Diagnosing and Treating Substance Use Disorders in the Prison Population: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Study". JMIR Res Protoc 2022 ; 11 (3): e35182. doi: 10.2196 / 35182 ​ Pape, Hilde, Rossow, Ingeborg, and Bukten, Anne. "Are Short Audit Screeners Effective in Identifying Unhealthy Drinking or Varying Severity? A Prison Population Study." Drug and Alcohol Dependence 229, B (2021) . . Toresen Lokdam, Nicoline, Riksheim Stavseth, Marianne, and Bukten, Anne. "Exploring the External Validity of Survey Data with Triangulation: A Case Study from the Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction (Norma) Study." Research Methods in Medicine & Health Sciences 2, no. 4 (2021) : 140-47. . ​ 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. . ​ Bukten, Anne, and Stavseth, Marianne Riksheim. "Suicide in Prison and After Release: A 17-Year National Cohort Study." European Journal of Epidemiology 36, no. 10 (2021) : 1075-83. . ​ 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. . ​ Borschmann, Rohan, Tibble, Holly, Spittal, Matthew J., Preen, David, Pirkis, Jane, Larney, Sarah, Rosen, David L., et al. "The Mortality after Release from Incarceration Consortium (Maric): Protocol for a Multi-National, Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis." International Journal of Population Data Science 5, no. 1 (2020) . . ​ Muller, Ashley Elizabeth, and Bukten, Anne. "Measuring the Quality of Life of Incarcerated Individuals." International Journal of Prisoner Health 15, no. 1 (2019) : 1-13. . ​ Muller, Ashley Elizabeth, Havnes, Ingrid Amalia, Rognli, Eline Borger, and Bukten, Anne. "Inmates with Harmful Substance Use Increase Both Exercise and Nicotine Use during 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, Anne, Stavseth, Marianne Riksheim, Skurtveit, Svetlana, Tverdal, Aage, Strang, John, and Clausen, Thomas. "High Risk of Overdose Death Following Release from Prison: Variations in Mortality During a 15 ‐ Year Observation Period." Addiction (2017) . . ​ Bukten, Anne, Lund, Ingunn Olea, Rognli, Eline Borger, Stavseth, Marianne Riksheim, Lobmaier, Philipp, Skurtveit, Svetlana, Clausen, Thomas, and Kunøe, Nikolaj. "The Norwegian Offender Mental Health and Addiction Study – Design and Implementation of a National Survey and Prospective Cohort Study." Substance abuse: research and treatment 9, no. Suppl 2 (2015) : 59. . Publications Here you can find all our scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as reports . Reports Bukten, A; Lokdam, NT; Clausen, T; Skærvø I. Use, possession and driving under the influence of drugs among inmates in Norwegian prisons 2000-2019 [Norwegian] SERAF report, 3/2021 (pdf) ​ Lindstad, M; Bukten, A & Clausen, T. Prisoners and patients in drug treatment with connections to Oslo [Norwegian] SERAF report 4/2019 (pdf) ​ Bukten, A; Stavseth, MR; Skurtveit, S, Lund, IO; Clausen, T. Intoxication and Health situation among inmates in the penal care [Norwegian] SERAF report, 2/2016 (pdf)

  • About PriSUD | Home

    PriSUD has been developed at the Norwegian Center for Addiction Research (SERAF) at the University of Oslo. The main goal of the PriSUD is to improve mental and physical health, and improve the quality of life for people with substance abuse problems in prison. PriSUD develops knowledge on: Alcohol, drugs and treatment Mental Health Illness and mortality Young people and the elderly Women in prison Health and lifestyle News from the project A movie about the project Post.doc scholarship to evaluate drug treatment in Sweden What is the PriSUD project and why is important? A new paper focusing on drug treatment in prisons following trends in Norwegian drug policy The project in short The project has two main parts: PriSUD-Norway and PriSUD-Nordic . In addition, the project has many sub-projects and collaborations both nationally and internationally. For more detailed information about the project in its entirety, read more here . The project started in 2019 and is led by Anne Bukten . In addition, the project has several full-time and part-time employees: postdoctoral fellow Marianne Riksheim Stavseth , postdoctoral fellow Ingeborg Skjærvø , postdoctoral fellow Torill Tverborgvik , PhD candidate Nicoline Lokdam , PhD candidate Rose Elisabeth Boyle , PhD candidate Vegard Svendsen , and Katja Nilsen who also represents WayBack. The project has also involved an interdisciplinary research group . Project financing PriSUD-Norway is funded by Helse Sør-Øst (HSØ ) and focuses on people in Norwegian prisons. PriSUD-Nordic is funded by the Research Council of Norway (NFR ) and works with issues across the countries Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The project is fully developed and led by the Center for Drug and Addiction Research ( SERAF ) at the University of Oslo.

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