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Addressing Police Occupational Safety During an Opioid Crisis: The Syringe Threat and Injury Correlates (STIC) Score.

  • Author(s): Beletsky, Leo
  • Abramovitz, Daniela
  • Arredondo, Jaime
  • Baker, Pieter
  • Artamonova, Irina
  • Marotta, Phil
  • Mittal, Maria Luisa
  • Rocha-Jimenez, Teresita
  • Cepeda, Javier A
  • Morales, Mario
  • Clairgue, Erika
  • Patterson, Thomas A
  • Strathdee, Steffanie A
  • et al.

Published Web Location

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6933083/
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Abstract

Objective

To develop and validate syringe threat and injury correlates (STIC) score to measure police vulnerability to needlestick injury (NSI).

Methods

Tijuana police officers (N = 1788) received NSI training (2015 to 2016). STIC score incorporates five self-reported behaviors: syringe confiscation, transportation, breaking, discarding, and arrest for syringe possession. Multivariable logistic regression was used to evaluate the association between STIC score and recent NSI.

Results

Twenty-three (1.5%) officers reported NSI; higher among women than men (3.8% vs 1.2%; P = 0.007). STIC variables had high internal consistency, a distribution of 4.0, a mode of 1.0, a mean (sd) of 2.0 (0.8), and a median (interquartile range [IQR]) of 2.0 (1.2 to 2.6). STIC was associated with recent NSI; odds of NSI being 2.4 times higher for each point increase (P-value <0.0001).

Conclusions

STIC score is a novel tool for assessing NSI risk and prevention program success among police.

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