CLAHRC BITE: Low dead space syringes

Published Date: 7 Feb 2017


People who inject drugs support the use of detachable low dead space syringes, NIHR-funded research has found.

Evidence suggests that low dead space syringes with detachable needles could reduce the chance of spreading infections among people who inject drugs, if syringes are re-used or shared.

However, it was not known whether people who inject drugs would be willing to switch.

Working with the Bristol Drugs Project and Developing Health and Independence in Bath, the research team interviewed 23 people who inject drugs, and 13 volunteers and professionals who work with them.