Increased access to unrestricted pharmacy sales of syringes in Seattle-King County, Washington: Structural and individual-level changes, 1996 versus 2003

Ryan J. Deibert, Gary Goldbaum, Theodore R. Parker, Holly Hagan, Robert Marks, Michael Hanrahan, Hanne Thiede

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Abstract

We examined pharmacists' attitudes and practices related to syringe sales to injection drug users before and after legal reform and local programming to enhance sterile syringe access. We replicated a 1996 study by conducting pharmacist phone surveys and syringe test-buys in randomly selected pharmacies. Test-buy success increased from 48% in 1996 to 65% in 2003 (P=.04). Pharmacists agreeing that syringes should be available to injection drug users through pharmacy purchase increased from 49% to 71% (P<.01). Pharmacy policies and pharmacist attitudes were strongly associated with syringe access. Structural changes, including policy reform and pharmacy outreach, appear to increase syringe access. Interventions should address pharmacy policies and pharmacist attitudes and policies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1347-1353
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume96
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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