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McElrath, Karen and Jordan, Michele (2005) Drug use and risk behaviours among injecting drug users. Belfast: Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

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This study focused primarily on patterns of drug use, injecting practices, risk behaviours for infectious disease, and experiences with treatment and health services among injecting drug users (IDUs) in Northern Ireland. The data for the study were collected through semi-structured interviews conducted between December 2003 and September 2004. Sample criteria included 1) 18 years or older and 2) injection of one or more drugs (excluding insulin or other medication that was prescribed for injection) within the 30 days prior to the interview. Various strategies were used to recruit respondents for an interview and the findings are based on interview data collected from 90 respondents who met the study criteria.


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