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Does Childhood Physical Abuse Have an Impact on Injection Drug Use in Adulthood?

Posted on July 14, 2014 in Drug Abuse

Does Childhood Physical Abuse Have an Impact on Injection Drug Use in Adulthood?

Injection drug use is the general term for any form of drug use that relies on a needle and syringe to introduce a substance into the human body. In addition to strictly drug-related issues like addiction, people who take drugs in this manner have increased odds of developing certain serious or life-threatening infections. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from Australia’s University of New South Wales looked at how a history of childhood physical abuse might impact the chances that any given individual would ultimately become an injection drug user. These researchers concluded that certain levels of childhood abuse have a general impact on drug use risks, but not a direct impact on injection drug use in particular.

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