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Editor's Correspondence
September 10, 2007

Prisoners (Should) Count

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Copyright 2007 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2007

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(16):1807. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.16.1807-b

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.

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