Factors related to injection drug use among female prisoners

Dorothy Octavia Jackson, Karen L. Cropsey, Michael F. Weaver, Gabriella C. Villalobos, Gloria Eldridge, Maxine L. Stitzer

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Female inmates (N=655) of a large prison facility in the southeastern United States were surveyed about their substance use, social histories, and demographics. Multinomial logistic regression was used to identify predictors of injection drug use. The sample was primarily young (M=34 ± 9 years), and evenly split on race (45.3% White and 44.6 Black). Four predictors were identified as significant risk factors for injection drug use: being White, having a prior history of substance user treatment, having a prior drug-related charge, and being a problem drinker. Implications, limitations, and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-383
Number of pages16
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Correctional polulation
  • Female prisoners
  • Injection drug use
  • Prevention
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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