AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 717–721 | Cite as

The Impact of Syringe Deregulation on Sources of Syringes for Injection Drug Users: Preliminary Findings

  • Sherry Deren
  • Charles M. Cleland
  • Crystal Fuller
  • Sung-Yeon Kang
  • Don C. Des Jarlais
  • David Vlahov
Article

In 2001, New York State enacted legislation to allow the provision of syringes by pharmacies and healthcare providers without prescription (ESAP, the Expanded Syringe Access Demonstration Program). A longitudinal study of IDUs (n=130) found that pre-ESAP, about half used only the safest source (needle exchange programs [NEPs]). Post-ESAP implementation, ESAP sources were initiated by 14%. Frequency of injection was related to ESAP use and those who used unsafe (or possibly unsafe) sources were as likely to use ESAP as those who had previously used only NEPs. The findings indicate that providing multiple sources of safe syringes for IDUs is necessary.

KEY WORDS:

Injection drug use syringe access pharmacy 

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This research was supported by grants# R01DA014219 (D. Vlahov, PI) and R01DA010425 (S. Deren, PI) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sherry Deren
    • 1
    • 4
  • Charles M. Cleland
    • 1
  • Crystal Fuller
    • 2
  • Sung-Yeon Kang
    • 1
  • Don C. Des Jarlais
    • 1
    • 3
  • David Vlahov
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Drug Use and HIV ResearchInstitute for AIDS Research, NDRINew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies, New York Academy of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Chemical Dependency Institute, Beth Israel Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.Center for Drug Use and HIV ResearchNew YorkUSA

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