Bridging the Gaps between Needs and Services in the Health and Criminal Justice Systems: Szczecin Rpar Final Report and Recommendations

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Justyna Sobeyko

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Magdalena Leszczyszyn-Pynka

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tatiana Duklas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Milosz Parczewski

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Piotr Bejnarowicz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Scott Burris

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law

Zita Lazzarini

University of Connecticut Health Center

Patricia Case

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School

Repsina Chintalova-Dallas

Fenway Community Health

Date Written: January 1, 2006

Abstract

A Rapid Policy Assessment and Response (RPAR) intervention was conducted in Szczecin, Poland, to assess the impact of drug policy on the health of drug users in the city and surrounding rural areas. In the RPAR, a team of Polish researchers worked with a Community Action Board (CAB) comprised of law enforcement officials, drug treatment providers, medical officers, NGO leaders, lawyers, judges, and others to collect and analyze laws and policies relevant to health risks in the target populations; existing data on the epidemiological situation and the operation of the criminal justice system; and 3) qualitative interviews with health care providers, lawyers, law enforcement representatives, NGO staff, drug users, sex workers and others who describing how the laws are put into practice.

The Szczecin RPAR uncovered evidence of dangerous new drug-use patterns, and significant gaps in the health and drug treatment services available to prevent HIV and other serious health problems among drug users. Key findings include: * Criminalizing drug possession in Poland has not fulfilled its goals in practice * A rise in rural drug use is creating serious unmet needs for prevention, treatment and disease surveillance. * Lack of therapy and HIV prevention methods in prison and difficulties in the social reintegration process * Lack of quality legal services in the criminal and civil justice systems The findings indicate that drug policy in practice does not correspond to the strategies embodied in recent Polish drug legislation, and that urgent action is necessary to prevent serious health problems in rural northwest Poland.

Keywords: Drug policy, public health, police, stigma, HIV, drug treatment, criminal law, implementation

Suggested Citation

Sobeyko, Justyna and Leszczyszyn-Pynka, Magdalena and Duklas, Tatiana and Parczewski, Milosz and Bejnarowicz, Piotr and Burris, Scott C. and Lazzarini, Zita and Case, Patricia and Chintalova-Dallas, Repsina, Bridging the Gaps between Needs and Services in the Health and Criminal Justice Systems: Szczecin Rpar Final Report and Recommendations (January 1, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1276335 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1276335

Justyna Sobeyko

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Magdalena Leszczyszyn-Pynka

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tatiana Duklas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Milosz Parczewski

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Piotr Bejnarowicz

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Scott C. Burris (Contact Author)

Center for Public Health Law Research, Temple University - James E. Beasley School of Law ( email )

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Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Zita Lazzarini

University of Connecticut Health Center ( email )

263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
United States
860-679-5495 (Phone)
860-679-5464 (Fax)

Patricia Case

Harvard University - Harvard Medical School ( email )

25 Shattuck St
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Repsina Chintalova-Dallas

Fenway Community Health ( email )

7 Haviland Street
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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