All together, 28 semi-structured interviews were conducted with twelve imprisoned individuals between 22 and 50 years of age; nine men and three women.
The majority of these participants were remand prisoners and ten were formerly convicted of violent crime.
At that time, he had access to large amounts of buprenorphine, making it possible to regularly give it to a friend in withdrawal. Ståle, who occasionally gave his stockpiled methadone to a friend in withdrawal was also clear about the fact that he did not expect anything in return.
It should be noted that such acts of 'helping’ take on particular significance for couples.
Those who gave methadone and buprenorphine to friends and acquaintances regarded doing so as 'helping’ and 'giving’, as opposed to selling or exchanging.
They all experienced tightly-controlled opioid prescription regimes outside of prison as a hindrance to 'helping’ others in need.
Among these were: avoiding potential buyers by taking alternatives routes to and arriving late at the pharmacy, maintaining a secretive status as OMT-patients and asking family members for help with monetary problems.This article, which is based on a study that explored motivations for criminal activity, focuses on reported practices of and motivations for methadone and buprenorphine diversion in a group of imprisoned, OMT-enrolled individuals.].In 2004, individuals in OMT obtained rights as patients.The interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim.The exploratory, thematic analysis was carried out by the first and last authors, with a reflexive and interactive approach throughout the entire research process.28 in-depths interviews were conducted among 12 OMT-enrolled, imprisoned individuals, most of whom were remand prisoners.