The impact of syringe deregulation on sources of syringes for injection drug users: Preliminary findings

Sherry Deren, Charles M. Cleland, Crystal Fuller, Sung Yeon Kang, Don C. Des Jarlais, David Vlahov

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Abstract

In 2001, New York State enacted legislation to allow the provision of syringes by pharmacies and healthcare providers without prescription (ESAP, the Expanded Syringe Access Demonstration Program). A longitudinal study of IDUs (n=130) found that pre-ESAP, about half used only the safest source (needle exchange programs [NEPs]). Post-ESAP implementation, ESAP sources were initiated by 14%. Frequency of injection was related to ESAP use and those who used unsafe (or possibly unsafe) sources were as likely to use ESAP as those who had previously used only NEPs. The findings indicate that providing multiple sources of safe syringes for IDUs is necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-721
Number of pages5
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2006

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Keywords

  • Injection drug use
  • Pharmacy
  • Syringe access

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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The impact of syringe deregulation on sources of syringes for injection drug users : Preliminary findings. / Deren, Sherry; Cleland, Charles M.; Fuller, Crystal; Kang, Sung Yeon; Des Jarlais, Don C.; Vlahov, David.

In: AIDS and Behavior, Vol. 10, No. 6, 11.2006, p. 717-721.

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Deren, Sherry ; Cleland, Charles M. ; Fuller, Crystal ; Kang, Sung Yeon ; Des Jarlais, Don C. ; Vlahov, David. / The impact of syringe deregulation on sources of syringes for injection drug users : Preliminary findings. In: AIDS and Behavior. 2006 ; Vol. 10, No. 6. pp. 717-721.
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