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Breaking the ice

Mouth sores and infections can be common among people who regularly use methamphetamine. It is important to maintain good oral health, brush and floss your teeth regularly. Drink water or fruit juice or chew gum to keep your mouth moist and to reduce cracks, blisters and clenching. For people who smoke methamphetamine it is important to protect your lips (lip balm will help protect and heal chapped lips), and to use your own equipment and not share it with others.

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.

Respect

Ensure staff are competent to deliver the service on offer. As a minimum, this should include awareness training on the need for discretion and the need to respect the privacy and confidentiality of people who inject drugs. It should also include training on how to treat people in a non-judgmental way.

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.

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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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