Syringe vending machines for injection drug users: An experiment in Marseille, France

Yolande Obadia, Isabelle Feroni, Vincent Perrin, David Vlahov, Jean Paul Moatti

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    Objectives. This study evaluated the usefulness of vending machines in providing injection drug users with access to sterile syringes in Marseille, France. Methods. Self-administered questionnaires were offered to 485 injection drug users obtaining syringes from 32 pharmacies, 4 needle exchange programs, and 3 vending machines. Results. Of the 343 respondents (response rate = 70.7%), 21.3% used the vending machines as their primary source of syringes. Primary users of vending machines were more likely than primary users of other sources to be younger than 30 years, to report no history of drug maintenance treatment, and to report no sharing of needles or injection paraphernalia. Conclusions. Vending machines may be an appropriate strategy for providing access to syringes for younger injection drug users, who have typically avoided needle exchange programs and pharmacies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)1852-1854
    Number of pages3
    JournalAmerican journal of public health
    Issue number12
    StatePublished - Dec 1999

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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