Injection drug users

Injection drug users

Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users

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Organization Type: 
NGO - Non Government Organization
Service Language: 
English
Services Provided: 
Health promotion
Community education/development
Support group/peer support

Promotes local, regional and national harm reduction education, interventions and peer support.

Primary Telephone: 
604-683-6061
Website/URL: 
Email Address: 
vandu@vandu.org
Fax Number: 
604-683-6199
Street Address: 
2d Floor, 50 East Hastings Street
City: 
Vancouver
Province: 
British Columbia
Postal/ZIP Code: 
V6A 1N1

Sex differences in injecting practices and hepatitis C: a systematic review of the literature

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
R. Roman-Crossland
L. Forrester
G. Zaniewski
Publisher: 
Canada Communicable Disease Report
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Assesses the influence of gender on drug users' injection initiation, sharing behaviour, and cleaning/disinfecting behaviour. Argues for the development of gender-sensitive education and prevention programs.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
ISSN 11884169 (Print)
ISSN 14818531 (On-line)
Notes: 
Includes bibliographical references.

Methadone maintenance treatment

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English
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Paper
Online
Publisher: 
Health Canada
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Discusses how methadone maintenance treatments work for opiod dependence, as well as the benefits and effectiveness.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ADDI.M48 2002
ISBN 0662663195

Best practices: methadone maintenance treatment

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English
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Paper
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Publisher: 
Health Canada
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Provides information on evidence-based best practices in methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), and the key components of comprehensive MMT programs.

ISBN/ISSN: 
ADDI.B47 2002
ISBN 0662318129

Women who use injection drugs: the social context of risk

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Elizabeth M. Whynot
Publisher: 
Canadian Medical Association Journal
Publication Date: 
1998
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Examines problems and issues specific to women who are injection drug users. Urges physicans to educate themselves about the dynamics of injection drug use in women, particularly the importance of familial and social contexts and associated psychological factors to better achieve primary care outcomes. Includes references.

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ISBN/ISSN: 
ISSN 00084409
ISSN 08203946

The provision of HIV-related services to people who inject drugs: a discussion of ethical issues

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Jennifer Gold
Publisher: 
Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Publication Date: 
2002
Publication Place: 
Montreal, QC

Focuses on ethical issues faced by health care and service providers who work with injection drug users who have or are at risk for HIV. Examines four scenarios commonly encountered by health care workers who work with injection drug users to investigate potential difficulties and solutions. Concludes by making several recommendations including tolerating drug use on health sites, providing prisoners with sterile injection equipment, and providing injection equipment to minors. All recommendations and solutions are made assuming that users should be treated with respect, dignity, and as autonomous beings.

ISBN/ISSN: 
AIDS.G65 2002
ISBN 1896735436

Mediums to reach injection drug using populations: a discussion paper

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Jamie Wiebe
Bette Reimer
Health Canada, Population and Public Health Branch, Centre for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Community Acquired Infections Division, Hepatitis C Prevention, Support and Research Program
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Publisher: 
Health Canada, Population and Public Health Branch
Publication Date: 
2000
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Presents a synthesis of information on mediums to reach the injection drug using (IDU) population compiled from the published literature, as well as from discussions with national/international organizations working with this population. Indicates that the focus of most research in this area has been on assessing the effectiveness of prevention and harm reduction initiatives in changing risky behaviours, particularly in relation to HIV and not the more easily blood-to-blood transmissible hepatitis C virus (HCV). Identifies the challenge of reaching a target population, the exact number and location on the social margins of which is difficult to establish reliably. Explains briefly the various strategies employed -- professional outreach, peer outreach (demonstratedly effective) and mass media communication -- and their success in reaching segments of the IDU population. Examines these 'ways and means' of reaching those most at risk of contracting the hepatitis C virus, the people who inject or who are at risk of injecting drugs. Emphasises the mediums to access these populations and not the effectiveness of strategies in changing risky behaviour. Also available in French under the title: Moyens de joindre les utilisateurs de drogues injectables : document de travail.

ISBN/ISSN: 
HEAE.W54 2000
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