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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Interventions for Female Drug-Using Offenders

Description of Resource: 
This systematic review aimed to assess the effectiveness of interventions to reduce criminal activity, drug use, or both in women who use drugs and have been convicted of a crime. It identified 9 trials involving a total of 1,792 participants; interventions included psychosocial treatments and pharmacological interventions using buprenorphine. The review found evidence that psychosocial treatment had an impact on reducing reincarceration, but not rearrest or drug use, compared to treatment as usual. It also found evidence that pharmacological interventions did not significantly reduce drug use. More high-quality research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of different treatment options.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Social Determinants of Health
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Perry AE, Neilson M, Martyn-St James M, Glanville JM, Woodhouse R, Hewitt C. Interventions for female drug-using offenders. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD010910. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010910.pub2.