Groin Injecting in Northern Ireland: Views of the Experts by Experience

Chris Rintoul, Anne Campbell

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Workers in Low Threshold Services at Extern compiled the questionnaire and this was peer reviewed by academic colleagues at the Drug and Alcohol Network (DARN @QUB). The questionnaire was administered to 19 individuals at 3 sites in N. Ireland, including by staff working for the Simon Community and for the Community Addiction Team in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. The aim of the questionnaire was to better understand the nature and reasons for groin injecting in NI. This was prompted by the publication of the Unlinked Anonymous Monitoring (UAM) Survey of HIV and viral hepatitis among PWID (PHE, 2020) which found that ‘the proportion reporting injecting into their groin in the last month was as follows: England, 35%, Wales, 44% and Northern Ireland, 52%’ (PHE 2020,p16). Anecdotally, this was confirmed by drugs workers noticing an increased demand for needles and syringes commonly used for groin injecting and increased discards of this same equipment by council employees in Belfast. It may also have been linked to a noticeable increase in injectors attending needle exchange services who are reporting cocaine injecting.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2021


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