Journal article

Barriers to using new needles encountered by rural Appalachian people who inject drugs: implications for needle exchange.

Stephen M Davis, Alfgeir L Kristjansson, Danielle Davidov, Keith Zullig, Adam Baus, Melanie Fisher

Harm Reduction Journal | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: Using a new needle for every injection can reduce the spread of infectious disease among people who inject drugs (PWID). No previous study has examined new needle use barriers among PWIDs residing in the rural Appalachian part of the United States, an area currently in the midst of a heroin epidemic. OBJECTIVE: Therefore, our primary aim was to explore self-reported barriers to using a new needle by PWID attending a needle exchange program (NEP). METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of PWID attending two NEPs in rural West Virginia located in the heart of Central Appalachia. A convenience sample of PWID (n = 100) completed the Barriers to Using New Needles Questionnaire..

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