Addiction, dependencies and abuses in mentally abnormal offender populations

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Abstract

Within the narrow remit of mentally disordered offenders, this review concerns papers on alcohol problems in special hospital patients and on psychiatric disorder in delinquent adolescents. Two papers on medicolegal matters are included. Most of the published work relates to the co-occurrence of substance misuse and psychiatric disorder of relevance to forensic psychiatrists: this review, therefore, includes papers on alcohol problems in victims of trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder in substance misusers in the general population. The remaining work covers apposite public-health matters, such as risks of HIV transmission by prisoners and drunken-driving offences.

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