A pilot syringe exchange program in Washington, DC

D. Vlahov, C. Ryan, L. Solomon, S. Cohn, M. R. Holt, M. N. Akhter

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    Abstract

    The Washington, DC, City Council authorized a pilot syringe exchange program to operate for only 60 days at a single drug abuse treatment facility in the District. Only adults on the waiting list for treatment were eligible (n = 467). Of the 33 who enrolled, median duration of drug injection was 18 years. Twenty-seven participants denied needle sharing. Of 209 needles distributed, 69% were returned. Low enrollment might have been due to restrictive entry criteria, inconvenient location, incorrect syringe size, and attitudes of treatment staff. For future efforts to have a public health impact, wider accessibility will be needed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)303-304
    Number of pages2
    JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
    Volume84
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1994

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    Needle-Exchange Programs
    Needle Sharing
    Attitude of Health Personnel
    Waiting Lists
    Syringes
    Substance-Related Disorders
    Needles
    Therapeutics
    Public Health
    Injections
    Pharmaceutical Preparations

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    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Vlahov, D., Ryan, C., Solomon, L., Cohn, S., Holt, M. R., & Akhter, M. N. (1994). A pilot syringe exchange program in Washington, DC. American Journal of Public Health, 84(2), 303-304.

    A pilot syringe exchange program in Washington, DC. / Vlahov, D.; Ryan, C.; Solomon, L.; Cohn, S.; Holt, M. R.; Akhter, M. N.

    In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 84, No. 2, 1994, p. 303-304.

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    Vlahov, D, Ryan, C, Solomon, L, Cohn, S, Holt, MR & Akhter, MN 1994, 'A pilot syringe exchange program in Washington, DC', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 84, no. 2, pp. 303-304.
    Vlahov D, Ryan C, Solomon L, Cohn S, Holt MR, Akhter MN. A pilot syringe exchange program in Washington, DC. American Journal of Public Health. 1994;84(2):303-304.
    Vlahov, D. ; Ryan, C. ; Solomon, L. ; Cohn, S. ; Holt, M. R. ; Akhter, M. N. / A pilot syringe exchange program in Washington, DC. In: American Journal of Public Health. 1994 ; Vol. 84, No. 2. pp. 303-304.
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