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  • Strategies to Address HCV Infection Among Young People who use drugs

    Posted on June 7th, 2013 TimB No comments

    The consultation participants recommended several key public health actions including:

    • Create community-led education and messaging strategies on hepatitis C risks, injection transmission risks (e.g., sharing drug preparation equipment in addition to sharing drug injection equipment), and HCV testing resources.
    • Improve and increase infrastructure for HCV surveillance and data collection.
    • Create age-appropriate (e.g., young adult) substance use and hepatitis C interventions and prevention strategies that are evidence based and effective.
    • Expand both community-based and basic science research activities to better understand how to effectively address the emerging crisis of hepatitis C infection among young IDUs.

    Discussions about this issue are ongoing among the participants and other federal and non-federal partners as we collaborate on ways to stem the tide of new HCV infections among young PWID and connect those already living with HCV to care and treatment for their infection and underlying drug use. With heightened awareness of this evolving epidemic and the attention and engagement of partners from across all sectors of society– including the voices of young people– we can make a positive difference in the lives of these young men and women.


  • Hepatitis C treatment access and uptake for people who inject drugs: a review mapping the role of social factors

    Posted on May 8th, 2013 TimB No comments

    Evidence documents successful hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment outcomes for people who inject drugs (PWID) and interest in HCV treatment among this population. Maximising HCV treatment for PWID can be an effective HCV preventative measure. Yet HCV treatment among PWID remains suboptimal. This review seeks to map social factors mediating HCV treatment access.


  • The Natural History of Injecting Drug Use in a Dublin Community (1985-1995)

    Posted on January 24th, 2013 TimB No comments

    This thesis puts opiate use into a historical, geographic and demographic context and then  outlines the impact of the emergence of HIV infection on the general population and in particular on injecting drug users.

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  • A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Interventions to Prevent Hepatitis C Virus Infection in People Who Inject Drugs

    Posted on June 3rd, 2011 TimB No comments

    High rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission are found in samples of people who inject drugs (PWID) throughout the world. The objective of this paper was to meta-analyze the effects of risk-reduction interventions on HCV seroconversion and identify the most effective intervention types.


  • Trends in injecting drug use in Europe (EMCDDA)

    Posted on June 24th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Injecting drug use has a long history in Europe but it was in the early 1980s, with the rapid growth of intravenous heroin use and the spread of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), that this behaviour gained prominence as a core element of Europe’s drug problem. Not only did injecting levels increase dramatically during the 1980s and 1990s (1), many European countries also saw a rapid increase in the number of HIV infections among drug users, resulting in increased numbers of deaths due to AIDS.

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    Posted on April 27th, 2010 TimB No comments

    The NSW Users & AIDS Association (NUAA) is the state New South Wales peer-based drug user organisation. Through our direct experience and through our close contact with communities of people who inject drugs (PWID), we are able to provide government, services, media and the broader community with a ‘drug user’ perspective on a range of issues in relation to illicit drug use and the prevention of the transmission of blood-borne viruses, including HIV and hepatitis C.


  • Assisted injection in outdoor venues: an observational study of risks and implications for service delivery and harm reduction programming

    Posted on March 20th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Assisted injection and public injection have both been associated with a variety of individual harms including an increased risk of HIV infection. As a means of informing local IDU-driven interventions that target or seek to address assisted injection, we examined the correlates of receiving assistance with injecting in outdoor
    settings among a cohort of persons who inject drugs (IDU).


  • Heroin use rises, spread feared Experts lament injection-drug increasein Canada

    Posted on January 12th, 2010 TimB No comments

    recent surge in the number of inner-city drug users injecting heroin has addiction experts worried the powerful opiate could spread on the streets of Winnipeg.

    Until now, heroin abuse was virtually unheard of in Manitoba. The worrisome trend coincides with a rise in injection-drug use in Winnipeg’s core — a phenomenon that surfaced in the past few months and puts more drug users at higher risk of overdose and infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C.

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