IV Drug use facts and IV drug abuse statistics are alarming considering the extreme health and social dangers associated with this type of drug abuse. In general IV drug use statistics in the U.S. indicate that of all addicts, this group is the most at risk of disease, imprisonment, violence, overdose and death. As the following infographic points out, there are other concerns that most people never think about, such as the risk of Flesh Eating Bacteria.
Please scroll to the bottom of the IV Drug Abuse Facts Infographic to Verify Sources and Citations. Please note that some data provided is correlated to a certain time frame or specific group of study subjects or individuals. Therefore, careful review of the citations listed is necessary in order to fully understand U.S. IV Drug Abuse Statistics.
Needle stick injuries in the community NCBI/US National Library of medicine Paediatr Child Health. 2008 March; 13(3): 205–210 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2529409/
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Skin infections in IV drug users DermNet http://www.dermnetnz.org/reactions/iv-drug-abuse.html
Julie Steenhuysen UPDATE 1-HIV rate among US intravenous drug users falls-CDC Thu Mar 1, 2012 9:02pm REUTERS http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/02/usa-hiv-drugs-idUSL2E8E205R20120302
Rick Sowadsky Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) and HIV statistics Sep 10, 1998 The Body http://www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/SafeSex/Q8655.html?ic=2003
AIDS, Sexual Behavior, and Intravenous Drug Use By Committee on AIDS Research and the Behavioral, Social, and Statistical Sciences, National Research Council
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Knox, Richard Needle Exchanges Often Overlooked In AIDS Fight July 24, 201211:51 AM NPR http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/07/24/157283038/needle-exchanges-often-overlooked-in-aids-fight
Syringe Exchange Programs — United States, 2008 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) November 19, 2010 / 59(45);1488-1491 http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5945a4.htm
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