IDUs who purchase needles from retail pharmacies: characteristics, knowledge and risk behaviour. (Fitpak User Survey)

  • Research program:
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: April 1995
  • Expected end date: April 1997
  • Completion date: December 1997
  • Funded by: CARG
  • Lead organisation:

Needles sold to drug users through pharmacies will be accompanied with a questionnaire, asking users about their demographics, drug use, and knowledge about the risk of contracting HIV, the AIDS virus. The majority of drug users do not have contact with drug treatment agencies and needle exchanges and little is known about them. Drug users who complete the anonymous questionnaire will return it by free post or hand it back to a pharmacist in exchange for a free needle pack.

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Professor Simon Lenton
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1603
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Chief Investigator

Harm reduction policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Wendy Loxley, Curtin University
  • Chief Investigator: A Tan-Quigley,
  • Chief Investigator: R Greig,

Lenton, S., Kerry, K., Loxley, W., Tan-Quigley, A. and Greig, R. (2000). Citizens who inject drugs: the 'Fitpack' study. The International Journal of Drug Policy, 11, (4), pp. 285-297. DOI: 10.1016/S0955-3959(00)00061-X [RJ292] View web page