No island paradise for injecting drug users

The number of injecting drug users appears to have halved within six years to just over 700, with HIV a likely contributing factor in the “suggestion of a high mortality rate”. 

“Police data revealed a dramatic shift in arrests for drug possession in 2002–03 compared with arrests during 2009,” the authors said.

“Heroin possession was recorded in 37.4% of 2002–03 arrests but decreased to 3.1% in 2009, whereas amphetamine possession increased from 11% to 30.9% in the same period.”

Drug and Alcohol Review 2012;

online 26 March