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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Fountain, Jane and Rhodes, Tim and Barnard, Marina and Hariga, Fabienne and Avilés, Nuria Romo and Vicente, Julian and Weber, Urban (2001) Injecting drug use, risk behaviour and qualitative research in the time of AIDS. EMCDDA Insights Series no. 4 Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities .

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Injecting is one of the main causes of health damage related to illegal drug use today. It is strongly related to fatal and non-fatal overdoses, as well as to the transmission of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis B and C, and HIV infection. Yet studying drug injection is no easy task, due to its hidden nature and low prevalence in general population terms. It is necessary to understand why and how people decide to engage in such dangerous behaviour, and to analyse how drug injectors perceive risk.

There are fundamental issues that need to be understood in order to interpret and better use epidemiological quantitative data on the subject. This publication is the result of a review undertaken by the EMCDDA working group on injecting drug use and risk behaviour. It helps in understanding injecting drug use and its adverse health consequences, particularly risk behaviour associated with the transmission of HIV.

Table of contents
• Injecting drug use: associated harms
• Qualitative methods in drugs research
• The role of qualitative research
• Understanding, injecting risk behaviour
• Understanding sexual risk behaviour

Item Type:Book
Pages:125 p.
Publisher:Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Luxembourg
Keywords:AOD induced risk, European Union, harm reduction, high-risk group, HIV infection, injected substance, intravenous injection, qualitative research method, qualitative study, subcutaneous injection
Accession Number:HRB 2094 (Available)
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Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe > European Union
R Research > Type of research study > Empirical study > Qualitative study
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control

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