Prevalence and Correlates of Indirect Sharing Practices Among Young Adult Injection Drug Users in Five U.S. Cities
March 13, 2008
"Sharing of drug paraphernalia to prepare, measure, and divide drugs for injection remains an important residual risk factor for hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections among injection drug users (IDUs), especially as sharing of syringes for injection decreases," explained the study authors.
NSPS and SMDS were common among IDUs in the current study, the researchers concluded. "Increased efforts to prevent these risky practices should address social and environmental contexts of injection and incorporate knowledge and skills building, self-efficacy, and peer norms," they suggested.
Drug and Alcohol Dependence
11.2007; Vol. 91; Supplement 1: P. S39-S47; Hanna Thiede, Holly Hagan, Jennifer V. Campbell, Steffanie A. Strathdee, Susan L. Bailey, Sharon M. Hudson, Farzana Kapadia, Richard S. Garfein, for the DUIT Study Team
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