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

McIlwraith, Fairlie, Betts, Kim Steven, Jenkinson, Rebecca, Hickey, Sophie, Burns, Lucinda and Alati, Rosa (2014) Is low BMI associated with specific drug use among injecting drug users?. Substance Use and Misuse, 49 4: 374-382. doi:10.3109/10826084.2013.841246

Author McIlwraith, Fairlie
Betts, Kim Steven
Jenkinson, Rebecca
Hickey, Sophie
Burns, Lucinda
Alati, Rosa
Title Is low BMI associated with specific drug use among injecting drug users?
Journal name Substance Use and Misuse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1082-6084
Publication date 2014-03-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/10826084.2013.841246
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Issue 4
Start page 374
End page 382
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 3306 Health (social science)
2701 Medicine (miscellaneous)
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
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.
Keyword Body mass index
Illicit drugs
Injecting drug use
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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