Samantha Colledge presented at the 2020 NDARC Webinar Series on Thursday, 27 August.
Non-viral injecting related injuries and diseases, such as skin and soft tissue infections and blood clots, are incredibly common among people who inject illicit drugs. Unfortunately, treatment for these harms is often postponed or neglected, leading to worse prognosis and disability. Using a sentinel sample of people who inject drugs in Australia, we looked at the prevalence of a range of these harms, as well as how participants clustered together based on reporting the various types.
Samantha is in her third year of her PhD at NDARC and has published work on harms relating to injecting drug use. Specifically, she has led and assisted with reviews investigating overdose, mental health problems, blood borne viruses and characteristics of people who inject drugs. She is currently investigating injecting-related injuries and diseases as part of the final chapters of her thesis.