Groin injecting in injectable opioid treatment service users in South London

Miller, Peter G., Forzisi, Luciana, Zador, Deborah, Lintzeris, Nick, Metrebian, Nicola, Van Der Waal, Rob, Mayet, Soraya and Strang, John 2009, Groin injecting in injectable opioid treatment service users in South London, Addiction research and theory, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 381-389, doi: 10.1080/16066350802635660.

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Title Groin injecting in injectable opioid treatment service users in South London
Author(s) Miller, Peter G.ORCID iD for Miller, Peter G.
Forzisi, Luciana
Zador, Deborah
Lintzeris, Nick
Metrebian, Nicola
Van Der Waal, Rob
Mayet, Soraya
Strang, John
Journal name Addiction research and theory
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 381
End page 389
Total pages 9
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 1606-6359
Keyword(s) femoral
prescription heroin
Summary Femoral (or groin) injecting is an emerging public health challenge to all drug-related services within the UK. Recent work in the area has proposed that groin injecting in the UK has moved from being a ‘risk boundary’ to an ‘acceptable behaviour’. This article uses data from 10 in-depth qualitative interviews with service users from a supervised injectable opiate treatment service in South London to report on pathways to, and reasons for, groin injecting. Our findings indicate that even though groin injecting constitutes a risk boundary for some injectors, the practice is no longer heavily stigmatised and is perceived by some to be an acceptable risk. Narratives also pointed to the importance of peers in the initiation of groin injecting. Interviewees described the groin as a site of ‘last resort’ in contrast to ‘convenience’ groin injectors described in some previous research. We conclude that it might be helpful to distinguish between convenience and last resort groin injectors and support the call for innovative interventions which aim to reduce modelling of groin injection and which promote social norms supportive of using peripheral injecting sites.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/16066350802635660
Field of Research 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Informa UK Ltd.
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