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Pharmacist support for selling syringes without a prescription to injection drug users in Rhode Island.
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PMID:  12489617     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To examine pharmacists' attitudes and obstacles to syringe sales to IDUs without prescriptions in Rhode Island, around the time that such sales became legal in the state. DESIGN: Self-administered written survey. SETTING: Rhode Island. PARTICIPANTS: 400 randomly selected pharmacist members of the Rhode Island Pharmacists Association. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Responses to survey items. RESULTS: Of the 400 pharmacists contacted, 131 (33%) completed and returned the survey; of these, 101 (77%) were pharmacists who worked in stores that provided direct nonprescription syringe sales to the public. The majority of these 101 pharmacists were willing to sell syringes to a suspected IDU without a prescription (65%), favored providing free sharps containers for disposal (68%), and supported providing pamphlets on safer injection practices (88%). Willingness to sell syringes to IDUs without a prescription was significantly correlated with various beliefs about possible consequences of sales. CONCLUSION: The high level of support for nonprescription syringe sales to IDUs is promising. The correlation between the willingness to sell syringes to IDUs without a prescription and various beliefs suggests that future educational interventions might encourage pharmacists to sell syringes to this population without a prescription to decrease HIV and hepatitis transmission.
Josiah D Rich; Erika G Martin; Grace E Macalino; Rowan V Paul; Susan McNamara; Lynn E Taylor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Pharmaceutical Association (Washington,D.C. : 1996)     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1086-5802     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Pharm Assoc (Wash)     Publication Date:    2002 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-12-19     Completed Date:  2003-01-27     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9601004     Medline TA:  J Am Pharm Assoc (Wash)     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S58-61     Citation Subset:  IM    
Brown Medical School, and The Miriam Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island 02906, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Data Collection
Middle Aged
Rhode Island
Substance Abuse, Intravenous*
Syringes / supply & distribution*
Grant Support

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