A study recently published in the International Journal of Drug Policy provides important comparative data on the differences in demographic characteristics, risk behaviors, and syringe coverage among people who inject drugs. The goal of the study was to provide policy considerations based on the IDEA Exchange – the first legal syringe exchange program in the state of Florida – to show the importance of tailored prevention strategies, as well as to show the need for reform to the strict one-for-one syringe exchange policy at the state level.
Tyler Bartholomew, a Ph.D. in Prevention Science and Community Health candidate at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health Sciences, was the lead author of the study. He and co-authors analyzed patterns of risk behavior and syringe coverage among 982 people who enrolled in the IDEA Exchange between December 2016 to July 2019. Participants were classified into three groups, including those who injected heroin, methamphetamine, or who injected both heroin and cocaine.
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