Injecting drug use is of major concern to both Western and developing nations, causing extensive associated harm at both individual and public health levels. This book provides readers with authoritative an practical information on injecting drug use and the health consequence of this behaviour.
As an efficient rout of drug administration, the sequelae of injecting illicit drugs can be particularly deleterious in nature. The chapters in this book trace the hazards for the drug injector and promote a harm reduction approach to minimise these risks. Socio–cultural issues are considered, such as the ritualisation of injecting behaviour. Lifestyle characteristics of the injecting drug user are also taken into account. Insights from the user perspective are reflected in the last chapter.
Provides contextual information including ethno–epidemiology, historical and pharmaceutical considerations.
Includes topical issues such as needed fixation, transitions to and from injecting, and illicit drug use in prison settings.
Documents the relationship between injecting practice and infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis C.
Explores harm reduction approaches such as safer injecting and supervised injecting rooms.
Reflects international perspectives from expert contributors.
An invaluable resource for all those working with injecting drug users.
Introduction (Andrew McBride, Richard Pates and Karin Arnold).
1. History of Injecting (Richard Pates and Jan Wichter).
2. The Eye of the Needle: an Ethno–Epidemiological Analysis of Injecting Drug Use (Jean–Paul Grund).
3. Pharmaceutical Aspects of Injecting (Jennifer Scott).
4. Needle Fixation (Richard Pates, Andrew McBride and Karin Arnold).
5. Women and Injecting (Rosdana Oretti and Pim Gregory).
6. Injecting in Prisons (David Shewan, Heino Stover and Kate Dolan).
7. Hepatitis C associated with Injecting Durg Use (Nick Crofts).
8. HIV and Injecting Drug Use (Robert Heimer).
9. Odde Commotions: Some Other Health Consequences of Injecting (Andrew McBride and Jan Wichter).
10. Transitions to and from Injecting (Matthew Southwell).
11. Safer Injecting: Individual Harm Reduction Advice (Helen Williams and Mark Norman).
12. Overdose: Prevalence, Predictors and Prevention (Trudi Petersen and David Best).
13. Supervised Injecting Rooms (Robert Haemmig and Ingrid van Beck).
14. Injecting Drugs– The User′s Perspective (Jimmy Dorabjee).