Canada Study Finds Link Between Smoking Crack, HIV
October 27, 2009
Daily smoking of crack cocaine is an independent risk factor for HIV infection, according to a nine-year study involving 1,048 injection drug users (IDUs) in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
The study's finding "points to the urgent need for evidence-based public health initiatives targeted at people who smoke crack cocaine," the study authors concluded. "The current approach simply isn't working," said lead author Dr. Evan Wood of the British Columbia Center for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. Possible interventions include providing crack cocaine smokers with facilities where smoking would be medically supervised and treatment information would be accessible, some research suggests.
The full report, "Smoking of Crack Cocaine as a Risk Factor for HIV Infection Among People Who Use Injection Drugs," was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (2009;doi:10.1503/cmaj.082054).
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