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A longitudinal investigation into excess risk for blood-borne infection among young injection drug users (IUDs).
Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007; 33(4):527-36.AJ

Abstract

Studies have found that young injection drug users (IDUs) may be at elevated risk for blood-borne infection transmission, however few studies have evaluated risk longitudinally. We compared variables between younger (>or= 29 years) and older (<or= 30 years) IDUs in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada between 1996 and 2006. Of 1598 participants, 582 (36%) were aged <or= 29 years. In prospective analyses (N = 1598), factors associated with younger age included: borrowing syringes, and frequent (>or= 1 daily) injection of heroin, cocaine, and speedballs. Additionally, younger IDUs were less likely to access drug treatment or methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) and test HIV and HCV-positive. Younger IDUs have lower HIV and HCV prevalence, but a higher risk profile and lower uptake of drug treatment. These factors underscore the need to target this age group and develop youth friendly interventions to minimize drug-related harms.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of California at San Diego, School of Medicine, La Jolla, California 92093, USA. cmiller@cfenet.ubc.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17668338

Citation

Miller, Cari L., et al. "A Longitudinal Investigation Into Excess Risk for Blood-borne Infection Among Young Injection Drug Users (IUDs)." The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, vol. 33, no. 4, 2007, pp. 527-36.
Miller CL, Strathdee SA, Li K, et al. A longitudinal investigation into excess risk for blood-borne infection among young injection drug users (IUDs). Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007;33(4):527-36.
Miller, C. L., Strathdee, S. A., Li, K., Kerr, T., & Wood, E. (2007). A longitudinal investigation into excess risk for blood-borne infection among young injection drug users (IUDs). The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 33(4), 527-36.
Miller CL, et al. A Longitudinal Investigation Into Excess Risk for Blood-borne Infection Among Young Injection Drug Users (IUDs). Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2007;33(4):527-36. PubMed PMID: 17668338.
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TY - JOUR T1 - A longitudinal investigation into excess risk for blood-borne infection among young injection drug users (IUDs). AU - Miller,Cari L, AU - Strathdee,Steffanie A, AU - Li,Kathy, AU - Kerr,Thomas, AU - Wood,Evan, PY - 2007/8/2/pubmed PY - 2007/8/30/medline PY - 2007/8/2/entrez SP - 527 EP - 36 JF - The American journal of drug and alcohol abuse JO - Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse VL - 33 IS - 4 N2 - Studies have found that young injection drug users (IDUs) may be at elevated risk for blood-borne infection transmission, however few studies have evaluated risk longitudinally. We compared variables between younger (>or= 29 years) and older (<or= 30 years) IDUs in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada between 1996 and 2006. Of 1598 participants, 582 (36%) were aged <or= 29 years. In prospective analyses (N = 1598), factors associated with younger age included: borrowing syringes, and frequent (>or= 1 daily) injection of heroin, cocaine, and speedballs. Additionally, younger IDUs were less likely to access drug treatment or methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) and test HIV and HCV-positive. Younger IDUs have lower HIV and HCV prevalence, but a higher risk profile and lower uptake of drug treatment. These factors underscore the need to target this age group and develop youth friendly interventions to minimize drug-related harms. SN - 0095-2990 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17668338/A_longitudinal_investigation_into_excess_risk_for_blood_borne_infection_among_young_injection_drug_users__IUDs__ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00952990701407397 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -