Predictors of injection drug use cessation among Puerto Rican drug injectors in New York and Puerto Rico

Sherry Deren, Sung Yeon Kang, Hector M. Colón, Rafaela R. Robles

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Abstract

More than half of all AIDS cases among Puerto Ricans have been attributed to injection drug use. Predictors of injection drug use cessation were examined among Puerto Rican injection drug users (IDUs) in New York and Puerto Rico. Analysis of baseline and 6-month follow-up data from 670 IDUs in NY and 316 in PR showed that 47% NY and 20% in PR reported cessation of injection at follow-up (p < .001). In multivariate analyses, having been in drug treatment since baseline was the only significant predictor of cessation for both sites (NY: AOR = 1.80; PR: AOR = 3.10). Increasing availability of methadone maintenance treatment, especially in PR, was indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)291-299
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Keywords

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Injection cessation
  • Injection drug use
  • Puerto Ricans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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