Needle and syringe provision and disposal in an Australian regional centre

Miller, Peter G. 2001, Needle and syringe provision and disposal in an Australian regional centre, Drug and alcohol review, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 431-438.

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Title Needle and syringe provision and disposal in an Australian regional centre
Author(s) Miller, Peter G.ORCID iD for Miller, Peter G.
Journal name Drug and alcohol review
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 431
End page 438
Total pages 8 p.
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2001-12
ISSN 0959-5236
Summary The aim of this study was to investigate the provision and disposal of needles and syringes in Geelong, Victoria, supplying a comparison of needles provided to needles returned through needle and syringe programmes (NSPs), needles disposed of in 'Sharpsafe' bins and needles discarded. This study combined quantitative data obtained from a number of sources and qualitative data obtained from 60 interviews. An average of 18,337 (SD = 2796) per month were dispensed from NSPs and an average of 5576 needles are returned to NSP sites in Geelong per month. For the current year, 450 needles and syringes per month were placed in publicly located disposal bins. On average there were 19 callouts to discarded needles per month in the Geelong region and these needles constituted 0.38% of the monthly average of needles provided through NSPs. It was concluded that, while discarded needles are of major community concern, the vast majority of needles and syringes provided in this regional centre are not discarded. Findings are discussed in relation to the current laws surrounding the possession of injecting equipment.
Notes School of Social Inquiry
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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