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NCJ Number: 199939 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Would You Consider Prescribing Syringes to Injection Drug Users? Addiction Medicine Conference Survey
Journal: Journal of Addictive Diseases  Volume:22  Issue:1  Dated:2003  Pages:67-78
Author(s): Lynn E. Taylor M.D.; Valgerdur Runarsdottir M.D.; Amy Zampi M.D.; Albert Osei M.D.; Stephanie Sanford M.P.H; Grace Macalino Ph.D.; Michelle McKenzie M.P.H; Scott Burris J.D.; Merik Gross M.D.; Steven E. Reinert M.S.; Josiah D. Rich M.D.
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: American Foundation for AIDS Research
New York, NY 10022
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Open Society Foundation
New York, NY 10019
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: 1KD1 TI12037-01;282941581;10630-26-EG;037162;P30-AI-42853;K20 DA00268
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A survey of physicians (n=497) was conducted to determine their attitudes and practices regarding prescribing syringes to injection drug users (IDUs) to prevent disease transmission.
Abstract: The survey was conducted at the 2000 American Society of Addiction Medicine Conference. Of the 497 physicians surveyed, 104 responded, representing 30 States and 3 countries. Seventy-eight percent of the responders had provided care for IDUs. Only 2 percent had prescribed syringes to such patients for safer injection of illegal drugs. Nineteen percent of the physicians had prescribed syringes to diabetic patients whom they believed would use the syringes for injecting illegal drugs. The most common reasons given for not prescribing syringes were that it was ineffective (47 percent) and that injection drug abuse is illegal (34 percent). Twenty-eight percent were concerned about legal ramifications. Few (16 percent) believed that doctors should not get involved with injection drug abuse. Only 8 percent were concerned that IDUs would make their office less comfortable for other patients. Of those who would prescribe syringes to IDUs conditionally, the most common condition was that the prescription should involve referral to addiction treatment (89 percent). Overall, 61 percent of the responders would consider prescribing syringes to IDUs. This can be part of a comprehensive approach to preventing the spread of HIV and other infections, decreasing complications of syringe reuse, and bringing IDUs into medical and substance abuse treatment. 3 tables, 1 figure, and 28 references
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV transmission; Drug treatment; Needle/syringe exchange programs
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