Intravenous drug abusers attending an inner city accident and emergency department

Arch Emerg Med. 1992 Mar;9(1):32-9. doi: 10.1136/emj.9.1.32.


In a 3-month prospective study, intravenous drug abusers represented 1.14% of all new attendances at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. They generated a significant workload and were often difficult to identify. A very high proportion required surgery or other invasive procedures. The clinical and epidemiological characteristics of the patients were often unexpected. The risks to staff and other implications for the A&E department are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Prospective Studies
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / epidemiology*
  • Urban Population