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Northern Ireland. Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Public Health Information and Research Branch. (2010) Statistics from the Northern Ireland Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme: 1 April 2009–31 March 2010. Belfast: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

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The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety today published a statistical bulletin summarising information from the Northern Ireland Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme (NSES).

This is the ninth annual bulletin. It summarises information on people visiting the Needle and Syringe Exchange Scheme and relates to the twelve-month period ending 31 March 2010.

Key findings:
In Northern Ireland during 2009/10:

•There were 15,828 visits to participating services by users of the scheme. This is an increase of 18% (2,439 visits) on the 2008/09 figure (13,389 visits);
•A cin bin is a sealed container which is used to safely dispose of used needles and syringes: 51% of cin bins issued to users of the scheme were returned in 2009/10 compared to 53% returned in 2008/09;
•153,625 syringes were issued in 2009/10, compared to 135,700 in 2008/09. This is an increase of 13%;
•Over four fifths of visits (86%) were made by male clients
•Over half (53%) of all visits were made by individuals aged 31 years and over, just over a quarter (26%) by 26-30 year olds and approximately a fifth (21%) by individuals aged 25 years and under;
•125 visits were made by an outreach worker on behalf of a client; this is an increase of 16% (17 visits) since 2008/09 (108 visits). In total 3,200 syringes were issued by outreach workers in 2009/10 compared to 2,070 in 2008/09.

 

Date:10 June 2010
Pages:22
Publisher:Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Corporate Creators:Northern Ireland. Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. Public Health Information and Research Branch
Place of Publication:Belfast
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Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > Needle distribution and exchange
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland
G Health and disease > Etiology > Disease transmission factor > Needle sharing

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