Syringe disposal among injection drug users in San Francisco.

  title={Syringe disposal among injection drug users in San Francisco.},
  author={Lynn D. Wenger and Alexis N. Martinez and Lisa H Carpenter and Dara Geckeler and Grant Nash Colfax and Alex H Kral},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={101 3},
To assess the prevalence of improperly discarded syringes and to examine syringe disposal practices of injection drug users (IDUs) in San Francisco, we visually inspected 1000 random city blocks and conducted a survey of 602 IDUs. We found 20 syringes on the streets we inspected. IDUs reported disposing of 13% of syringes improperly. In multivariate analysis, obtaining syringes from syringe exchange programs was found to be protective against improper disposal, and injecting in public places… CONTINUE READING
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