The Damage Done: A Study of Injection Drug Use, Injection Related Abscesses and Needle Exchange Regulation

@article{Tomolillo2007TheDD,
  title={The Damage Done: A Study of Injection Drug Use, Injection Related Abscesses and Needle Exchange Regulation},
  author={Christina M Tomolillo and Linda Crothers and Christopher L. Aberson},
  journal={Substance Use \& Misuse},
  year={2007},
  volume={42},
  pages={1603 - 1611}
}
This study investigated the impact of a needle exchange policy change on community health. Data were collected from a needle exchange program in Eureka, California, for clients who participated in the program between the weeks (n = 112) of January 1, 2002, and February 28, 2004. Analysis was done using an autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA), indicating that greater utilization of the needle exchange program, in terms of needles exchanged and number of visits, is related to fewer… Expand
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