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  • EVALUATION OF THE PROVISION OF SINGLE USE CITRIC ACID SACHETS TO INJECTING DRUG USERS

    Posted on October 20th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Three hundred and sixty injecting drug users (IDUs) took part in a survey to assess the acceptance, effectiveness and efficiency of the provision of single use citric acid sachets to IDUs in Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

    Overall, the introduction of the single use citric acid sachets has been very successful and well received by IDUs. The current provision of 100mg of citric acid in each sachet is sufficient for almost all users’ needs and most IDUs reported both using and preferring to use the sachets rather than other acidifiers.

    Moreover, most IDUs seem to be aware that the single use citric acid sachets are a safer option for dissolving their drugs than most alternative acidifiers.

    However, there is a need to further educate users on the importance of not sharing any of their injecting equipment and paraphernalia, including the citric acid sachets. Furthermore, the data suggests that some IDUs continue to reuse their needles. It is vital that these IDUs are encouraged to use a clean needle each time and to return to the needle exchange more often.

    The provision of the single use citric acid sachets appears to have had a positive impact on the number of visits being made by IDUs to the needle exchanges. The provision of further injecting paraphernalia such as single use sachets of Vitamin C, Stericups and sterile water may also lead to a further increase in visits.

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