It is difficult to understand a survey of injection drug users1 that ignores “institutionalized persons,” including, specifically, prisoners. The comment of the author that the excluded individuals “represent less than 2% of the US population”1(p166) gives scant comfort. The incarcerated population in the United States numbers more than 2.3 million persons,2 and a significant proportion of the inmates are injection drug users.
Newman RG. Prisoners (Should) Count. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(16):1807. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.16.1807-b