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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    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
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - 1994

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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