Experience of non-viral injecting-related injuries and diseases amongst people who regularly inject drugs
de Graaff, B and Bruno, RB, Experience of non-viral injecting-related injuries and diseases amongst people who regularly inject drugs, Drug and Alcohol Review, 18-21 November 2012, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 55. ISSN 0959-5236 (2012) [Conference Extract]
Objective: Much of the literature regarding harms experienced by
people who inject drugs (PWID) focuses on overdose and bloodborne
viruses, most commonly hepatitis C and HIV. However, there
is a range of other harms that PWID may experience, including
vascular damage and localised and systemic infections.
Dwyer and colleagues  conducted a large multi-site study into the
experience of non-viral injecting-related injuries and diseases (IRID);
fi nding that injection of non-powder drugs (e.g. pharmaceutical
tablets) was a predictor of experience of an IRID. The current study
aims to examine the correlates and experience of IRID in a sample
of people who frequently inject drugs; particularly pertinent given
the increasing rates of injection of pharmaceutical drugs amongst
some groups of PWID in recent years.
Method: Structured interviews were conducted with more than 800
people who regularly inject drugs, as part of the national Illicit Drug
Reporting System in 2012. Questions were included from the 2006
IRID study , regarding lifetime and 12 month experience of nonserious,
potentially serious and serious IRID.
Results: Correlates of non-serious, potentially serious and serious
IRID will be presented. These will be compared with the results from
Dwyer and colleagues’ study . A review of currently available
resources aimed at reducing experience of IRID amongst PWID will
be presented, and recommendations for further development of such
materials will be made.