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Table 3 Estimated annual numbers of injecting drug users in England seeking healthcare for injection site infections.

From: Frequency, factors and costs associated with injection site infections: Findings from a national multi-site survey of injecting drug users in England

  Proportion of survey respondents Estimated number of IDUs in England: 140,000 * Estimated number of IDUs in England: 215,000 **
IDUs reporting abscess/open wound in last year 36% 50,400 77,400
Those IDUs reporting abscess/open wound in last year seeking care: 24% 34,272 52,632
Of these, those that sought care:    
   other than at an Emergency Department 8% 10,584 16,254
at an Emergency Department, not admitted
to hospital
4% 5,211 8,003
at an Emergency Department, & admitted
to hospital
13% 18,477 28,375
  1. * Estimated number of injectors of heroin or crack-cocaine only, form a study aiming to estimate the total number of heroin and crack-cocaine users [24].
  2. ** Estimated number of injecting drug users (all drugs) obtained from a study using an evidence synthesis method to estimate number of injecting drug users [25].