The perspectives of injection drug users regarding safer injecting education delivered through a supervised injecting facility

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8 p.
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Harm Reduction Journal

Unsafe injection practices can lead to HIV and HCV transmission as well as other bacterial and viral infections. Vancouver established North America's first supervised injection facility (SIF) to address such harms among injecting drug users (IDU). This study looks at their experiences receiving safer injecting education within the SIF. Through semi-structured, qualitative interviews, the experiences of 50 IDU were collected. Their testimonies indicate that gaps in knowledge exist among local IDU, often leading to unsafe injecting. The SIF however, has mechanisms to address these gaps, including targeted education, demonstration of safer injecting techniques and opportunities to get help from experts. The SIF approach is effective in providing education on unsafe injection practices among IDU and reducing drug related harm.

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