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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811159/implementing-and-scaling-up-hcv-treatment-services-for-people-who-inject-drugs-and-other-high-risk-groups-in-ukraine-an-evaluation-of-programmatic-and-treatment-outcomes
#1
Alyona Mazhnaya, Anna Meteliuk, Tetiana Barnard, Alexei Zelenev, Sergii Filippovych, Frederick L Alticec
BACKGROUND: HCV prevalence estimates among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Ukraine is high (60-90%), yet barriers to HCV treatment and care remain substantial including limited access to direct acting antiviral (DAA) medications. A feasibility scale-up project implemented HCV treatment in community-based settings to improve access to DAA treatment for key populations in this context. METHODS: Using program-level data and verified medical records, we describe the development, implementation processes and outcomes for HCV treatment for PWID and other risks groups...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811158/high-hcv-cure-rates-for-people-who-use-drugs-treated-with-direct-acting-antiviral-therapy-at-an-urban-primary-care-clinic
#2
Brianna L Norton, Julia Fleming, Marcus A Bachhuber, Meredith Steinman, Joseph DeLuca, Chinazo O Cunningham, Nirah Johnson, Fabienne Laraque, Alain H Litwin
BACKGROUND: Though direct acting antivirals (DAAs) promise high cure rates, many providers and payers remain concerned about successful treatment for people who use drugs (PWUD), even among those engaged in opioid agonist treatment (OAT). The efficacy of DAAs among PWUD in real-world settings is unclear. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study of patients initiating HCV treatment between January 2014 and August 2015 (n=89) at a primary care clinic in the Bronx, NY...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810160/differences-in-prevalence-socio-behavioral-correlates-and-psychosocial-distress-between-club-drug-and-hard-drug-use-in-taiwan-results-from-the-2014-national-survey-of-substance-use
#3
Wei J Chen, Shang-Chi Wu, Wen-Ing Tsay, Yen-Tyng Chen, Po-Chang Hsiao, Ya-Hui Yu, Te-Tien Ting, Chuan-Yu Chen, Yu-Kang Tu, Jiun-Hau Huang, Hao-Jan Yang, Chung-Yi Li, Carol Strong, Cheng-Fang Yen, Chia-Feng Yen, Jui Hsu
BACKGROUND: This study examined variation between users of 'club' and 'hard' drugs in Taiwan in terms of prevalence of use and demographics and psychosocial characteristics. METHODS: Data were derived from a survey of 17,837 Taiwanese civilians, aged 12-64 years, using stratified, multi-stage, random sampling. Participants completed a computer-assisted self-interview on tablet computers which covered use of legal substances, sedatives/hypnotics and prescription analgesics; use of illicit drugs/inhalants, risky sexual experiences; expectations of drugs; and psychological distress...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810159/hair-testing-to-assess-both-known-and-unknown-use-of-drugs-amongst-ecstasy-users-in-the-electronic-dance-music-scene
#4
Joseph J Palamar, Alberto Salomone, Enrico Gerace, Daniele Di Corcia, Marco Vincenti, Charles M Cleland
BACKGROUND: Data on both known and unknown drug use in the electronic dance music (EDM) scene is important to inform prevention and harm reduction. While surveys are the most common method of querying drug use, additional biological data can help validate use and detect unknown/unintentional use of drugs such as new psychoactive substances (NPS). We sought to determine the extent of both known and unknown use of various substances in this high-risk scene. METHODS: We hair-tested 90 self-reported past-year ecstasy/MDMA/Molly users attending EDM parties in New York City during the summer of 2016 using UHPLC-MS/MS...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810158/a-typology-of-vaping-identifying-differing-beliefs-motivations-for-use-identity-and-political-interest-amongst-e-cigarette-users
#5
Hannah Farrimond
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to identify and differentiate socially shared accounts of e-cigarette use (vaping) using Q-methodology, combining factor analysis with qualitative comments. METHODS: Seventy statements on e-cigarettes, drawn from media, academic and online discussions, were sorted by participants along a continuum of agreement/disagreement, commenting on strongly ranked items. Each participant thus created their own 'account' of their vaping...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810157/propagating-the-haze-community-and-professional-perceptions-of-cannabis-cultivation-and-the-impacts-of-prohibition
#6
Helen Beckett Wilson, Stuart Taylor, Giles Barrett, Janet Jamieson, Lauren Grindrod
BACKGROUND: Recent decades have seen substantial changes in the UK cannabis landscape, including increased domestic production, the ascendancy of stronger strains (namely 'skunk') and the drug's reclassification under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. Resultantly, cannabis retains significance in the consciousness, priorities and policy agendas of communities, drug services and criminal justice agencies. METHODS: This paper presents an empirical study, which examined both perceptions and impacts of cannabis cultivation and its control within a North-West English borough...
August 12, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800420/retention-in-medication-assisted-treatment-programs-in-ukraine-identifying-factors-contributing-to-a-continuing-hiv-epidemic
#7
Kostyantyn Dumchev, Sergii Dvoryak, Olena Chernova, Olga Morozova, Frederick L Altice
BACKGROUND: Opioid agonist treatments (OAT) are widely-used, evidence-based strategies for treating opioid dependence and reducing HIV transmission. The positive benefits of OAT are strongly correlated with time spent in treatment, making retention a key indicator for program quality. This study assessed patient retention and associated factors in Ukraine, where OAT was first introduced in 2004. METHODS: Data from clinical records of 2916 patients enrolled in OAT at thirteen sites from 2005 to 2012 were entered into an electronic monitoring system...
August 8, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797498/interventions-to-enhance-testing-linkage-to-care-and-treatment-uptake-for-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-among-people-who-inject-drugs-a-systematic-review
#8
Sahar Bajis, Gregory J Dore, Behzad Hajarizadeh, Evan B Cunningham, Lisa Maher, Jason Grebely
BACKGROUND: The burden of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is escalating among people who inject drugs (PWID), yet testing and treatment remains suboptimal. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to enhance HCV testing, linkage to care, and treatment uptake among PWID. METHODS: A systematic literature search of Medline (Ovid 1946 - present), Embase, Global Health, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycINFO, Clinical Trials Registry, and Web of Science was conducted covering interventional studies published before 20 July 2016...
August 7, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797497/reaching-hepatitis-c-virus-elimination-targets-requires-health-system-interventions-to-enhance-the-care-cascade
#9
Nick Scott, Joseph S Doyle, David P Wilson, Amanda Wade, Jess Howell, Alisa Pedrana, Alexander Thompson, Margaret E Hellard
BACKGROUND: Modelling suggests that achieving the World Health Organization's elimination targets for hepatitis C virus (HCV) is possible by scaling up use of direct-acting antiviral (DAA) therapy. However, poor linkage to health services and retention in care presents a major barrier, in particular among people who inject drugs (PWID). We identify and assess the cost-effectiveness of additional health system interventions required to achieve HCV elimination targets in Australia, a setting where all people living with HCV have access to DAA therapy...
August 7, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789820/hepatitis-c-testing-in-general-practice-settings-a-cross-sectional-study-of-people-who-inject-drugs-in-australia
#10
Kerryn Butler, Carolyn Day, Rachel Sutherland, Joe van Buskirk, Courtney Breen, Lucinda Burns, Sarah Larney
BACKGROUND: People who inject drugs (PWID) often do not receive confirmatory RNA testing following positive HCV antibody testing. Expanding access to adequate testing and assessment will improve the progression of patients through the HCV care cascade with the potential to improve diagnosis as well as linkage to treatment. We aimed to determine current utilisation of general practitioners (GPs) by PWID in Australia compared to other settings for HCV testing and post-test discussions. METHODS: A national sample (n=888) of people who had injected drugs regularly in the past 6 months was interviewed about HCV antibody, RNA testing, and post-test discussions, and the settings where these took place...
August 5, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779632/seroprevalence-of-hcv-and-hiv-infection-among-clients-of-the-nation-s-longest-standing-statewide-syringe-exchange-program-a-cross-sectional-study-of-community-health-outreach-work-to-prevent-aids-chow-project-participants-hawai-i-2012
#11
Thomas P Salek, Alan R Katz, Stacy M Lenze, Heather M Lusk, Dongmei Li, Don C Des Jarlais
BACKGROUND: The Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS (CHOW) Project is the first and longest-standing statewide integrated and funded needle and syringe exchange program (SEP) in the US. Initiated on O'ahu in 1990, CHOW expanded statewide in 1993. The purpose of this study is to estimate the prevalences of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and to characterize risk behaviors associated with infection among clients of a long-standing SEP through the analysis of the 2012 CHOW evaluation data...
August 2, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735774/trends-in-hepatitis-c-antibody-prevalence-among-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-attending-australian-needle-and-syringe-programs-1996-2015
#12
Simon Graham, Lisa Maher, Handan Wand, Michael Doyle, Jenny Iversen
BACKGROUND: Research indicates that hepatitis C antibody (anti-HCV) prevalence is higher among Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) than non-Aboriginal people who inject drugs (PWID). We examined trends in demographic and drug use characteristics and anti-HCV prevalence among Australian Needle and Syringe Program Survey (ANSPS) respondents by Aboriginal status from 1996 to 2015. METHODS: The ANSPS survey involved collecting demographic, behavioural data and a dried blood spot for anti-HCV testing...
July 20, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734745/why-are-some-people-who-have-received-overdose-education-and-naloxone-reticent-to-call-emergency-medical-services-in-the-event-of-overdose
#13
Stephen Koester, Shane R Mueller, Lisa Raville, Sig Langegger, Ingrid A Binswanger
BACKGROUND: Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) training for persons who inject drugs (PWID) underlines the importance of summoning emergency medical services (EMS). To encourage PWID to do so, Colorado enacted a Good Samaritan law providing limited immunity from prosecution for possession of a controlled substance and/or drug paraphernalia to the overdose victim and the witnesses who in good faith provide emergency assistance. This paper examines the law's influence by describing OEND trained PWIDs' experience reversing overdoses and their decision about calling for EMS support...
July 19, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734744/post-war-prevention-emerging-frameworks-to-prevent-drug-use-after-the-war-on-drugs
#14
Dan Werb
The prevention of drug use is one of the primary goals of the War on Drugs. However, despite investment in high-profile interventions such as social marketing campaigns and enforcement-based deterrence, these efforts have generally failed. With the emergence of novel policy frameworks to control and regulate drug use, a window of opportunity exists to test approaches to drug prevention that take into account existing evidence and the rights of individuals who use drugs. Specifically, there is a growing consensus that entry into drug use is a socially-defined event that individuals experience within particular socio-structural contexts...
July 19, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735776/fentanyl-in-the-us-heroin-supply-a-rapidly-changing-risk-environment
#15
EDITORIAL
Daniel Ciccarone
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July 18, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716395/-it-ruined-my-life-the-effects-of-the-war-on-drugs-on-people-who-inject-drugs-pwid-in-rural-puerto-rico
#16
R Abadie, C Gelpi-Acosta, C Davila, A Rivera, M Welch-Lazoritz, K Dombrowski
BACKGROUND: The War on Drugs has raised the incarceration rates of racial minorities for non-violent drug-related crimes, profoundly stigmatized drug users, and redirected resources from drug prevention and treatment to militarizing federal and local law enforcement. Yet, while some states consider shifting their punitive approach to drug use, to one based on drug treatment and rehabilitation, nothing suggests that these policy shifts are being replicated in Puerto Rico. METHODS: This paper utilizes data from 360 PWID residing in four rural towns in the mountainous area of central Puerto Rico...
July 14, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735775/heroin-uncertainties-exploring-users-perceptions-of-fentanyl-adulterated-and-substituted-heroin
#17
Daniel Ciccarone, Jeff Ondocsin, Sarah G Mars
BACKGROUND: The US is experiencing an unprecedented opioid overdose epidemic fostered in recent years by regional contamination of the heroin supply with the fentanyl family of synthetic opioids. Since 2011 opioid-related overdose deaths in the East Coast state of Massachusetts have more than tripled, with 75% of the 1374 deaths with an available toxicology positive for fentanyl. Fentanyl is 30-50X more potent than heroin and its presence makes heroin use more unpredictable. A rapid ethnographic assessment was undertaken to understand the perceptions and experiences of people who inject drugs sold as 'heroin' and to observe the drugs and their use...
July 11, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689856/restrictions-on-access-to-direct-acting-antivirals-for-people-who-inject-drugs-the-european-hep-core-study-and-the-role-of-patient-groups-in-monitoring-national-hcv-responses
#18
J V Lazarus, K Safreed-Harmon, S R Stumo, M Jauffret-Roustide, M Maticic, T Reic, E Schatz, J Tallada, M Harris
In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for the elimination of viral hepatitis as a public health threat and established the targets of achieving an 80% reduction in new infections and a 65% reduction in deaths from the hepatitis C virus (HCV) by 2030. If European countries are to come close to reaching the WHO targets, they must squarely address the HCV prevention, testing and treatment needs of people who inject drugs (PWID). This viewpoint reports on findings from the 2016 European Hep-CORE study, which was unique in its utilisation of patient groups as a source of hepatitis policy information...
July 6, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688539/us-regional-and-demographic-differences-in-prescription-opioid-and-heroin-related-overdose-hospitalizations
#19
George Jay Unick, Daniel Ciccarone
BACKGROUND: US opioid overdose death rates have increased between 2000 and 2014. While, the increase in prescription opioid use has been linked to the increase in heroin use, there are reasons to view this relationship as a partial explanation for the recent increase in heroin-related harms. This study documents the differences in trends in prescription opioid overdose-related (POD) and heroin overdose-related (HOD) hospitalizations. METHODS: Data come from the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) for the years 2000 through 2014...
July 5, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687187/naloxone-for-heroin-prescription-opioid-and-illicitly-made-fentanyl-overdoses-challenges-and-innovations-responding-to-a-dynamic-epidemic
#20
Nadia Fairbairn, Phillip O Coffin, Alexander Y Walley
Community-based overdose prevention programs first emerged in the 1990's and are now the leading public health intervention for overdose. Key elements of these programs are overdose education and naloxone distribution to people who use opioids and their social networks. We review the evolution of naloxone programming through the heroin overdose era of the 1990's, the prescription opioid era of the 2000's, and the current overdose crisis stemming from the synthetic opioid era of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and its analogues in the 2010's...
July 4, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
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