3224.0 Injection Drug Use: Issues Surrounding Needle and Syringe Distribution

Monday, November 5, 2007: 12:30 PM
Although the transmission of HIV via needle-sharing has dropped significantly; it still remains a key risk factor for HIV, as well as other STIs, infection. In this session, participants will learn about the current state of affairs regarding current rates of needle sharing and current needle exchange programs. The focus of the first presentation is on the findings obtained from a pilot study explored the viability of pharmacy-based syringe distribution in Vietnam. In the second study, the presenter addresses that problem of continued needle sharing among certain IDUs. The researchers partnered with NY pharmacies to sell non-prescription syringes. The results are reported herein. Two more of the presentations herein focus on the socio-demographic characteristics of those persons who purchase non-prescription syringes. Two of the presentations discuss the effectiveness of a peer education campaign and a state syringe exchange program..
Session Objectives: 1. Identify factors associated with the purchasing of non-prescription syringes versus sharing syringes.. 2. Articulate methods to expand access to sterile needles and syringes. 3. Discuss the potential roles of the pharmaceutical industry in decreasing risk behaviors among persons who inject drugs.
Jose Nanin, EdD, CHES

12:30 PM
Where do all the syringes come from? Pharmacy contribution to needle and syringe distribution in Hanoi, Vietnam
Christopher A. Pankonin, MS, Campbell Aitken, Dr, Gary Reid and Peter Higgs, MA
12:45 PM
Association of Syringe Source and Syringe Sharing in New York City
Samuel Jenness, MPH, Holly Hagan, PhD, Kai-lih Liu, PhD, Travis Wendel, JD, Aundrea Woodall, Shavvy Raj-Singh, MPH and Christopher Murrill, PhD
1:15 PM
Who purchases non-prescription syringes?
Haven Battles, PhD, Kirsten Rowe, MS, James Tesoriero, PhD, Christina Ortega-Peluso, MPH and Guthrie S. Birkhead, MD, MPH
1:30 PM
Utilization of New York State Syringe Exchange Programs: 1992-2006
James Tesoriero, PhD, Maxine Phillips, MS, Karyn K. Heavner, MSPH and Alma Candelas, MPH

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Organized by: HIV/AIDS
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Public Health Education and Health Promotion

CE Credits: CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

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