Lung damage warning for users who smoke injectable drugs

Dr Alistair Story told the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand meeting in Darwin yesterday that Australian data showed drug users were following overseas trends, using a ‘respiratory route’ rather than injecting drugs.

“In the United Kingdom, there is a trend among health care providers to describe smoking rather than injecting drugs as a harm reduction measure,” Dr Story, a respiratory specialist at University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said.

“However, I prefer to call this harm diversion. We know that injecting drugs is extremely damaging to health, but so is

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