The use of minor tranquilizers with jail inmates

R. J. Diamond, R. K. Brooner, D. Lowe, C. Savage

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The decision of whether or not to prescribe minor tranquilizers becomes an apparent dilemma for mental health professionals working in jails. By dispensing anxiety-reducing drugs, they may help the inmate cope with existing hardship conditions, but they may also contribute to drug dependency. A survey of California county jail systems revealed a general distrust of minor tranquilizers as a therapeutic modality. The authors conducted a medication-linked group therapy program in one county jail to provide an alternative to the usual policies governing use of tranquilizers

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalHospital and Community Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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