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|Title: ||The journey into injecting heroin use|
|Affiliation: ||1. Drug Treatment Centre Board, 30/31 Pearse St, Dublin 2, Ireland 2. Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust, National Health Service, England 3. Department of Public Health & Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.|
|Citation: ||Heroin Addict Relat Clin Probl 2012; 14(3): 89-100|
|Publisher: ||Drug Treatment Centre Board|
|Issue Date: ||2012 |
|Additional Links: ||http://www.addictionireland.ie/_fileupload/publications/2012%20The%20journey%20into%20injecting%20heroin%20use.%20Heroin%20Addiction%20and%20Related%20Clinical%20Problems.%20europad.org.pdf|
|Description: ||Drug injection carries with it many risks and it is therefore important to understand its origins. We interviewed 104 young
opioid users with median age of 22 years. The median age of first opioid use was 16 years, this being heroin chasing in
91% of cases. Friends or sexual partners played an important role in both initial introduction to opiates and in the switch to
injecting. Curiosity was the most important factor in first heroin use and the second most important factor, after escalating
tolerance, in influencing the decision to first inject.|
|Appears in Collections: ||Drug Treatment Centre Board (DTCB)|
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