An examination of injection drug use trends in Victoria and Vancouver, BC after the closure of Victoria's only fixed-site needle and syringe programme

Andrew Ivsins, Clifton Chow, Scott MacDonald, T Stockwell, Kate Vallance, David Marsh, Warren Michelow, Cameron James Duff

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Needle and syringe programmes (NSPs) have been established as effective harm reduction initiatives to reduce injection drug use (IDU)-related risk behaviours, including sharing needles. On May 31, 2008, Victoria, BC s only fixed site NSP was shut down due to community and political pressure. This study examines and compares IDU trends in Victoria with those in Vancouver, BC, a city which has not experienced any similar disruption of IDU-related public health measures
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338 - 340
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Drug Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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