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NCJ Number: 119731 Find in a Library
Title: Response of State Agencies to AIDS, Addiction, and Alcoholism (From AIDS and Substance Abuse, P 117-142, 1988, Larry Siegel, ed., -- See NCJ-119722)
Author(s): C L Veatch
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The primary strategies of State agencies have focused on reducing the spread of AIDS by promoting cessation of high risk behaviors and thus preventing or slowing its transmission.
Abstract: Recent research indicates that the primary route of AIDS transmission into the general heterosexual population is by intravenous (IV) drug abusers, who directly account for about 17 percent of AIDS cases nationwide. Reducing the spread of AIDS within this group would not only reduce the overall toll of the disease, but should limit its spread to the population at large. In the IV drug using community, the primary intervention strategies include: educating IV drug users about the hazards of AIDS and sharing of needles; enrolling them in treatment programs to reduce drug use; and promoting the use of new or sterilized syringes and needles among those who will not abstain from drug use. The State of California has already increased the number of treatment slots for IV drug users and is scaling up its educational, prevention, and intervention activities. 6 tables, 34 notes.
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention; State government
Index Term(s): Alcoholism; Drug dependence
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