The Asian Harm Reduction Network: Supporting Responses to HIV and Injecting Drug Use in Asia. UNAIDS (2001)

The Asian Harm Reduction Network: Supporting Responses to HIV and Injecting Drug Use in Asia. UNAIDS (2001) In the past two decades, many countries in the Asian region have witnessed dramatic changes in drug-use patterns, with more individuals switching from smoking to injecting. These changes have resulted in the deterioration of the health status of drug users. Newer and more potent forms of drugs have flooded the Asian markets, and there has been a rapid increase in the numbers of drug users all across Asia. Legal and social impediments to needle and syringe availability have caused users to inject with inappropriate equipment in unhygienic circumstances. We have begun to see ugly wounds and abscesses among the injecting drug users (IDUs) and a rapid increase in the numbers of drug users infected with hepatitis B/C and HIV.

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