Is low BMI associated with specific drug use among injecting drug users?

Fairlie McIlwraith, Kim Steven Betts, Rebecca Jenkinson, Sophie Hickey, Lucinda Burns, Rosa Alati

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Abstract

Body mass index (BMI) of a sample of people who regularly inject drugs (N = 781) was examined to gauge the impact of specific types of drug use. Cross-sectional interviews were undertaken in 2010 as part of a national monitoring program funded by the Australian Government. Latent class analysis identified three groups of drug users, with heroin users at 3.4 times the risk of being underweight compared with amphetamine users, and amphetamine users were at almost twice the odds of being obese compared with lower level morphine users. Nutrition should play a part in harm minimization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-382
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume49
Issue number4
Early online date8 Oct 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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