Socioeconomic Factors Associated With Cessation of Injection Drug Use Among Street-Involved Youth
Year Published: 2017
Substance Abuse Treatment Prevention and Policy
This journal article describes a study that sought to identify socioeconomic factors associated with cessation of injection drug use among street-involved use in Vancouver, Canada. The researchers used data collected from September 2005 to May 2015 as part of a prospective study known as the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS). Among the 383 participants, nearly 45 percent of the youth reported quitting injection use during the reporting period. The findings suggest that socioeconomic factors, particularly engagement in prohibited street-based and illegal income-generating activities, may pose barriers to ceasing injection drug use among this population. The researchers conclude that improving access to stable and secure income, as well as employment opportunities, may help youth transition from injection drug use.
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