HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Study examines harm reduction among injection drug users

Nearly half of injection drug users disposed of their used syringes safely, yet only 28 percent acquired their needles from safe sources, according to a study of injection drug users in Baltimore, Md., conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Syringe sharing among injection drug users is a major risk factor for the spread of HIV and other diseases. Improperly discarded used needles could pose a similar risk to the entire community. The study is among the first to examine safe syringe acquisition and disposal among new, young injection drug users. The results are published in the February 2005 edition of the Journal of Drug Issues.

The study included 294 injection drug users between the ages of 15 and 30, who were a part of a larger study of HIV infection among new drug users in Baltimore and who reported injecting drugs for less than five years. They were questioned about their drug injection habits, including from whom and where they acquired their syringes and how they disposed of used syringes. "Safe sources" were the Baltimore syringe exchange program or pharmacies. "Safe disposal" was defined as discarding used syringes at syringe exchange programs, breaking the needle off before discarding or placing the syringe in a hard container before throwing it away.

According to the study, 10 percent of study participants cited the Baltimore syringe exchange program as their primary source for acquiring needles compared to 18 percent from pharmacies and 50 percent who reported needle sellers as their primary source. Twenty-two percent of the participants reported following both safe acquisition and disposal practices. Safe injection and disposal were not associated with HIV, hepatitis C or syringe sharing.

"Among the people we surveyed, those who had injected drugs for more than two years were two and a half times more likely to get there syringes from safe sources compared to those who have been injecting
'"/>

Contact: Timothy Parsons
paffairs@jhsph.edu
410-955-6878
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
24-Feb-2005


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Study of energy and health in Africa focuses spotlight on charcoal and forest management
2. Study shows promise in identifying kidney failure
3. Study shows patch therapy may be as effective as oral medications
4. Study shows soy is well accepted in school lunches
5. Study finds that coordinating care of chronically ill patients does not increase liability
6. Study provides new estimates of the causes of child mortality worldwide
7. Study finds factors linked to substance use disorder relapse among health care professionals
8. Study finds majority of women willing to accept cervical cancer vaccine for self and children
9. Study shows use of budesonide reduced the risk of asthma related events by 40% in children
10. Study shows risk of cardiac death after radiation for breast cancer has dramatically decreased
11. Study shows acrylamide in baked and fried food does not increase risk of breast cancer in women

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Study examines harm reduction among injection drug users

(Date:10/22/2014)... 2014 On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the ... family health and fitness fair ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! ... good nutrition for better health and wellness for people of ... and open to the public, will be held at Dean ... am to 1:00 pm. , “¡Vive tu Vida! Get ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 2014 Isabel Healthcare will ... Professions (ASAHP) Conference on October 22-24 in Las Vegas, ... in a panel discussion on Technology in Health Professions ... provides a diagnostic decision support tool and clinical education ... of students and clinical learners. The Isabel tools help ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... (HealthDay News) -- The United States is now ... nations of West Africa land at one of ... with the virus. In a statement released ... 94 percent of air passengers from Guinea, Liberia ... these five airports -- New York City,s Kennedy ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... California (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 Hay House ... Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life (Paperback; $10.82) written ... of Yoga & Recovery. This book is meant to ... in a life of recovery. , Recovery 2.0 is ... 12 Steps; Recovery 2.0 is a guide for what comes ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... 22, 2014 Best Cheap Hosting USA ... world. The site has recently announced that iPower ( ... for people from around the world. , “iPower is ... today and is providing various kinds of useful products ... insists on offering excellent customer service and a number ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Brownsville Community Health Center Presents Fourth Annual ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Event 2Health News:Brownsville Community Health Center Presents Fourth Annual ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Event 3Health News:Brownsville Community Health Center Presents Fourth Annual ¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Event 4Health News:Isabel Healthcare to Participate in The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) 2014 Conference 2Health News:Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports 2Health News:Passengers From Ebola-Affected Countries Must Land at Designated U.S. Airports 3Health News:Hay House Announces The Official Release of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life 2Health News:Hay House Announces The Official Release of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life 3Health News:Best Cheap Hosting USA Has Recently Announced The Best Cheap Web Hosting Companies In 2014 2
(Date:10/22/2014)... , Oct. 22, 2014 WHEN: Wednesday, October ... complimentary registration available at: http://bit.ly/1yStiU9 ... Vidyasekar and Visionary Innovation Research Group Senior ... electricity, self-assembling materials, nanobots and flexible electronics ... will transform our lives in the coming ...
(Date:10/22/2014)... , Oct. 22, 2014  Regulus ... a biopharmaceutical company leading the discovery and ... announced that it has demonstrated human proof-of-concept ... clinical study evaluating RG-101, a wholly-owned, GalNac-conjugated ... of hepatitis C virus infection ("HCV").  Interim ...
(Date:10/20/2014)... , Oct. 20, 2014  Luoxis Diagnostics, ... MKT: AMPE), today announced that its academic collaborators ... and research potential for its novel RedoxSYS Diagnostic ... (ORP) in the body in response to injury ... of ORP as a clinical marker will be ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Futuristic Technologies That Will Transform Our World Beyond 2030 2Futuristic Technologies That Will Transform Our World Beyond 2030 3Futuristic Technologies That Will Transform Our World Beyond 2030 4A Single Subcutaneous Dose of 2mg/kg of RG-101, Regulus' Wholly-Owned, GalNac-Conjugated anti-miR Targeting microRNA-122, Demonstrates 4.1 log10 Mean Viral Load Reduction as Monotherapy at Day 29 in Patients with Varied HCV Genotypes and Treatment H 2A Single Subcutaneous Dose of 2mg/kg of RG-101, Regulus' Wholly-Owned, GalNac-Conjugated anti-miR Targeting microRNA-122, Demonstrates 4.1 log10 Mean Viral Load Reduction as Monotherapy at Day 29 in Patients with Varied HCV Genotypes and Treatment H 3A Single Subcutaneous Dose of 2mg/kg of RG-101, Regulus' Wholly-Owned, GalNac-Conjugated anti-miR Targeting microRNA-122, Demonstrates 4.1 log10 Mean Viral Load Reduction as Monotherapy at Day 29 in Patients with Varied HCV Genotypes and Treatment H 4A Single Subcutaneous Dose of 2mg/kg of RG-101, Regulus' Wholly-Owned, GalNac-Conjugated anti-miR Targeting microRNA-122, Demonstrates 4.1 log10 Mean Viral Load Reduction as Monotherapy at Day 29 in Patients with Varied HCV Genotypes and Treatment H 5A Single Subcutaneous Dose of 2mg/kg of RG-101, Regulus' Wholly-Owned, GalNac-Conjugated anti-miR Targeting microRNA-122, Demonstrates 4.1 log10 Mean Viral Load Reduction as Monotherapy at Day 29 in Patients with Varied HCV Genotypes and Treatment H 6A Single Subcutaneous Dose of 2mg/kg of RG-101, Regulus' Wholly-Owned, GalNac-Conjugated anti-miR Targeting microRNA-122, Demonstrates 4.1 log10 Mean Viral Load Reduction as Monotherapy at Day 29 in Patients with Varied HCV Genotypes and Treatment H 7A Single Subcutaneous Dose of 2mg/kg of RG-101, Regulus' Wholly-Owned, GalNac-Conjugated anti-miR Targeting microRNA-122, Demonstrates 4.1 log10 Mean Viral Load Reduction as Monotherapy at Day 29 in Patients with Varied HCV Genotypes and Treatment H 8Luoxis to Highlight RedoxSYS at Two Upcoming Scientific Conferences 2Luoxis to Highlight RedoxSYS at Two Upcoming Scientific Conferences 3Luoxis to Highlight RedoxSYS at Two Upcoming Scientific Conferences 4Luoxis to Highlight RedoxSYS at Two Upcoming Scientific Conferences 5
Cached News: