Regulating controversial programs for unpopular people: Methadone maintenance and syringe exchange programs

Don Des Jarlais, D. Paone, S. R. Friedman, N. Peyser, R. G. Newman

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Abstract

One third of all cases of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the United States are associated with the injection of illicit drugs. There is mounting evidence for the effectiveness of syringe exchange programs in reducing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) risk behavior and HIV transmission among injection drug users. Expansion of syringe exchange would require increased public funding and undoubtedly would include government regulation of syringe exchanges. An analogy is drawn with the present system of regulation of methadone maintenance treatment programs and possible regulation of syringe exchange programs. Specific recommendations are offered to reduce the likelihood of repeating the regulatory problems of methadone maintenance treatment in future regulation of syringe exchange programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1577-1584
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume85
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

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Needle-Exchange Programs
Methadone
Syringes
Government Regulation
HIV
Injections
Street Drugs
Risk-Taking
Drug Users
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Therapeutics

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Regulating controversial programs for unpopular people : Methadone maintenance and syringe exchange programs. / Des Jarlais, Don; Paone, D.; Friedman, S. R.; Peyser, N.; Newman, R. G.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 85, No. 11, 01.01.1995, p. 1577-1584.

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Des Jarlais, Don ; Paone, D. ; Friedman, S. R. ; Peyser, N. ; Newman, R. G. / Regulating controversial programs for unpopular people : Methadone maintenance and syringe exchange programs. In: American Journal of Public Health. 1995 ; Vol. 85, No. 11. pp. 1577-1584.
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