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Med J Aust. 1995 Jun 19;162(12):645-7.

Benzodiazepine use among injecting heroin users.

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  • 1National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the extent and patterns of benzodiazepine use among heroin users, and whether preferences for different benzodiazepines exist among this group.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

210 heroin users who were current users of benzodiazepines volunteered for the study and completed a structured questionnaire.

RESULTS:

Heroin users had used a median of five different benzodiazepines, most commonly diazepam. Almost half the subjects (48%; 95% CI, 41-55) had injected benzodiazepines, 17% (95% CI, 12-22) within the preceding six months. Diazepam and temazepam were the most widely injected benzodiazepines.

CONCLUSIONS:

Flunitrazepam, diazepam and temazepam should be prescribed to heroin users with caution. A less popular and rarely injected benzodiazepine, nitrazepam, may be a better option for this group.

PMID:
7603376
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