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In Sydney Some Overdose, but in New York HIV Takes Its Toll


Australian Associated Press (08/01/99)

Joint research conducted by scientists from the University of New South Wales and the U.S. National Development and Research Institutes indicates that a zero tolerance policy for illicit drug use in New York has exacerbated the spread of HIV in drug users and their children. Investigators followed a matched group of heroin users in Sydney and New York for three years. At the end of the study, eight of the 16 people in the New York group had died, with six of the deaths attributable to AIDS-related illnesses, compared to one death by overdose in Sydney. In a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia, investigators Lisa Maher and Bruce Johnson also asserted that the New York drug addicts were less likely to participate in needle exchange programs.


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