Incidence and predictors of onset of injection drug use in a San Francisco cohort of homeless youth.

@article{Parriott2009IncidenceAP,
  title={Incidence and predictors of onset of injection drug use in a San Francisco cohort of homeless youth.},
  author={Andrea M. Parriott and Colette L. Auerswald},
  journal={Substance use & misuse},
  year={2009},
  volume={44 13},
  pages={1958-70}
}
Few studies document incidence of injection drug use among homeless youth. We followed a cohort of 70 street-recruited homeless youth in San Francisco, California who had never injected drugs for six months in 2004-5. We examined initiation of injection drug use and its predictors, informed by prior ethnographic findings. Data were analyzed using exact logistic regression. 11.4% of youth initiated injection drug use. Having no high school education, being over 21 years old, and being in… CONTINUE READING

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