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Learn to inject

It is extremely important for regular injectors—particularly those who are physically dependent—to be able to prepare and safely inject drugs on their own. Having to rely on someone else to get you off can open the door to all kinds of abuse: don’t let anyone have this much power and control over you or your ability to function. Learn how to safely and properly inject yourself!

Register with a GP

Sent in by: Elsa Browne (SMMGP)

(UK) Registering with a doctor: You are entitled to register in the area where you are, without ‘proof of address’. If you are homeless, you are still entitled to register with a GP using a temporary address, which may be a friend’s address or a day centre. Some GP practices have used their own address in the past to register a homeless patient.

Ethan Nadelmann

Ethan Nadelmann, one of the leading drug reformers in the United States, had explained: “People overdose because [under prohibition] they don’t know if the heroin is 1 percent or 40 percent…Just imagine if every time you picked up a bottle of wine, you didn’t know whether it was 8 percent alcohol or 80 percent alcohol [or] if every time you took an aspirin, you didn’t know if it was 5 milligrams or 500 milligrams.

Explainer: what is NBOMe?

…if you are going to use LSD, you should test your tab using one of the cheap and legally available drug test kits. If the drug does not test positive for LSD, you should reconsider ingesting the unknown substance. If a test kit is not available, only take a quarter dose and wait one-and-a-half hours before considering taking any more.

Drug testing

Accessing drug checking services not only allows users to find out what is in their drugs but also connects them with further harm reduction information and support services. One of the most effective ways to reduce drug related harm is to offer users professional drug checking while taking time to inform them about health risks, safer ingestion methods, and what to do in the event of an overdose or other emergency.

Naloxone administration

I was really nervous giving someone naloxone in such an open space because, at that time, we did not have a Good Samaritan law in effect,” Wright said. “However, I don’t care and, clearly, that didn’t stop me. Overdose is preventable, and I had the medicine on me to do it. Substance use comes in all shapes, forms, and sizes. Upper class to middles to right down on the street.

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Nigel Brunsdon

Nigel Brunsdon

Nigel’s day job is being the Community Manager at HIT, he also runs the injectingadvice.com website and a number of other online harm reduction projects. In his spare time he can be found hiding behind a camera.

Craig Harvey

Craig Harvey

Craig is a committed harm reductionist, having worked primarily with people who inject drugs for two decades, both in the United Kingdom and Australia. A surfer, climber and wannabe novelist, he sometimes takes photographs too.

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