Access to sterile injecting equipment is important

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7054.429a (Published 17 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:429
  1. Clive L Morrison,
  2. Alan McGee
  1. Senior clinical medical officer HIV prevention facilitator Maryland Centre, Liverpool L1 9DE

    EDITOR,—As Kate Dolan and colleagues comment, substantial drug misuse continues even in prison.1 As many as 70% of all prisoners will probably use a controlled drug.2 Research at Maryland Centre in Liverpool shows that 83 of 87 injecting drug users who were interviewed had been in prison and that 71 had used drugs there. Of these 71, 21 had injected, of whom six (29%) had used non-sterile injecting equipment. This compares with a sharing rate of 14% …

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