Evaluating effectiveness of syringe exchange programmes: current issues and future prospects.

@article{Bastos2000EvaluatingEO,
  title={Evaluating effectiveness of syringe exchange programmes: current issues and future prospects.},
  author={Francisco I. Bastos and Steffanie Anne Strathdee},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2000},
  volume={51 12},
  pages={1771-82}
}
Although a large body of international literature has found syringe exchange programmes (SEPs) to be associated with reduced incidence of blood borne pathogens among injection drug users, recent studies have fuelled controversy surrounding SEP effectiveness. Existing studies are observational in nature and have seldom considered ecologic aspects affecting SEP functioning and evaluation. The authors apply concepts from infectious disease epidemiology to discuss the direct and indirect effects of… CONTINUE READING