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Monitoring Prescription Medication Use Among Substance-Abusing Offenders

Volume 62 Number 1
June 1998

Offenders� use of prescription medications either to get high or to mask illegal drug use presents a challenge to probation officers. These drugs are prescribed by physicians and not easily within officers� control. They can hinder treatment and long-term sobriety and abstinence. The author discusses this unique supervision dilemma and offers techniques to address it.