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I.v. drug use and AIDS: public policy and dirty needles.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2693527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Users of intravenous heroin, cocaine, and amphetamines risk the transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through the sharing of contaminated injection equipment. Although most users are aware of this risk, the scarcity of sterile needles and syringes, combined with various social and cultural factors, fosters dangerous sharing practices. This paper examines the legal and political contexts of proposals to ease access to sterile needles and injection equipment. The author seeks an explanation for the continued reluctance to institute such programs in the United States, while similar programs have been instituted in other countries where intravenous drug use has also contributed to the spread of HIV infection and AIDS.
J Stryker
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of health politics, policy and law     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0361-6878     ISO Abbreviation:  J Health Polit Policy Law     Publication Date:  1989  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-03-05     Completed Date:  1990-03-05     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609331     Medline TA:  J Health Polit Policy Law     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  719-40     Citation Subset:  E; IM; X    
University of Michigan.
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MeSH Terms
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control,  transmission*
Government Regulation
Law Enforcement
Needles / standards*
Public Policy*
Risk Assessment
Substance Abuse, Intravenous*
United States
Vulnerable Populations

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