Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
J Addict Dis. 2011 Oct;30(4):334-41. doi: 10.1080/10550887.2011.609805.

Alternate routes of administration and risk for HIV among prescription opioid abusers.

Author information

1
Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA. hlsny@aol.com

Abstract

Route of administration is an important contributor to the adverse health consequences of prescription medication abuse. The current study examines characteristics associated with non-oral routes of administration among a large sample of prescription opioid abusers and explores needle-related human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) risk behaviors as well. In the study, 791 opioid abusers completed a one-time structured interview, including complete histories of illicit and prescription drug abuse and route of drug administration. The most common method of pill use was oral (91%), followed by intranasal (53.1%), injection (23.8%), and smoking (14.5%). The youngest prescription opioid abusers, ages 18-24, displayed significantly higher odds of using alternate routes of administration and of reusing nonsterile needles for injection. HIV prevention programming should be developed for young prescription opioid injectors.

PMID:
22026525
PMCID:
PMC3278771
DOI:
10.1080/10550887.2011.609805
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Support Center