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Comparative Study
, 42 (10), 1603-11

The Damage Done: A Study of Injection Drug Use, Injection Related Abscesses and Needle Exchange Regulation

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Comparative Study

The Damage Done: A Study of Injection Drug Use, Injection Related Abscesses and Needle Exchange Regulation

Christina M Tomolillo et al. Subst Use Misuse.

Abstract

This study investigated the impact of a needle exchange policy change on community health. Data were collected from a needle exchange program in Eureka, California, for clients who participated in the program between the weeks (n = 112) of January 1, 2002, and February 28, 2004. Analysis was done using an autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA), indicating that greater utilization of the needle exchange program, in terms of needles exchanged and number of visits, is related to fewer numbers of abscesses treated. Additionally, self-report data collected from former intravenous drug users (n = 62) demonstrated that more needles exchanged were related to fewer occurrences of abscesses. The limitations of this research are discussed.

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