Journal article

The impact of changes to heroin supply on blood-borne virus notifications and injecting related harms in New South Wales, Australia

C Day, L Degenhardt, S Gilmour, W Hall

BMC Public Health | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

BACKGROUND: In early 2001 Australia experienced a sudden and unexpected disruption to heroin availability, know as the 'heroin shortage'. This 'shortage has been linked to a decrease in needle and syringe output and therefore possibly a reduction in injecting drug use. We aimed to examine changes, if any, in blood-borne viral infections and presentations for injecting related problems related to injecting drug use following the reduction heroin availability in Australia, in the context of widespread harm reduction measures. METHODS: Time series analysis of State level databases on HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C notifications and hospital and emergency department data. Examination of changes i..

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