Drugs you inject
Sharing needles to inject drugs into
your veins is a very easy way to get
HIV, hepatitis C and other diseases.
When you share needles, a small amount
of blood from the people who used
the needle before you is passed on
to you. If their blood has HIV in
it, or another disease, it will be
injected along with the drug into
The safest choice is to make sure
that you and the people you are injecting
drugs with use a clean needle every
time you inject or share drugs. Dont
ever share needles. If you live in
Vancouver, you can go to the safe
injection site (Insite) to get help
and/or clean equipment. There are
many needle exchange programs where
you can get FREE clean needles. And
dont throw your old needles
into the garbage! Dispose of them
in a container that is only for this
purpose and then take the used needles
to the needle exchange program, where
the staff will be happy to get rid
of them for you properly.
If you dont have a clean, brand-new
needle, you can clean your needles
with bleach. BUT it is very hard to
completely clean a used needle, so
cleaning usually only lowers the risk
of getting HIV.
REMEMBER: BLEACH CAN KILL HIV
BUT NOT HEPATITIS C!!!
3 step method:
- Water x 1 Fill the syringe with
water, shake it, then empty it.
- Bleach x 2 Fill the syringe with
pure bleach, shake it for 30 seconds,
then empty it. Do this twice!
- Water x 2 Fill the syringe with
water, shake it, then empty it.
Do this twice!
Syringe-This is the part the needle
is put on. Its a tube that holds
whatever the needle is going to put
Dont forget the clean the spoon
or cooker in pure bleach and water,
and change filters. Blood particles
are there, too.
Look out for abscesses!
Some people get abscesses from using
drugs. An abscess is a pocket of pus,
usually in the arms or legs. An abscess
is an infection. If you think you
have an abscess, get in touch with
a health care professional right away.
[Check out the Getting
Help section for more information.]
Muscling: This is when you
inject the drug into your muscle.
Muscling is a very painful way to
use drugs and it puts you at high
risk for getting an abscess or other
tissue infections. Try to avoid muscling.
Skin popping: This is when
you inject drugs under your skin.
Skin popping is an extremely painful
way of using drugs and it puts you
at high risk for getting an abscess
or other tissue infections. Try to
avoid skin popping.
Crystal meth, GHB and ecstasy
If you do use these drugs make sure:
- You drink lots of water.
- You tell someone what drugs you
are using and how much.
These drugs can affect your body
and mind in a number of different
ways. To stay healthy it is better
to try to stop using these drugs.
But, if you are planning on using
them, it is important to note the
- Using crystal meth, GHB or ecstasy
often makes you lose your appetite
and keeps you up so that youre
not able to sleep. Since its
so important tot eat and sleep well
to stay healthy this can make it
harder for your body to fight the
- When you are high it is easier
to forget to take your meds. So,
you need to bring your meds with
your party weekend and figure out
a way to remember to take them.
Again, taking your meds on a regular
schedule cant be stressed
- Some stimulants like cocaine and
crystal meth can increase the HIV
viral replication in your body.
This puts extra stress on your immune