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Safer injection action update

 
January 6th 2018
 

Alternatives

Always weigh up the pros and cons of injecting – is it worth it? Can you use the drug without injecting? Like sniffing/snorting, smoking or anal insertion?

 

Overdose

If someone...
• is unconscious for 3 minutes
• is breathing erratically
• is starting to turn blue
...then assume they are overdosing.

Dial 999 straight away!

Remember: Don't Panic! – stay calm! Remember your A, B, C: A is for Airway; B is for Breathe; C is for Circulation.

 

Safer injection tips

Always use a clean needle. Try not to inject when alone. Remember, wash your hands first when you're injecting. Don't lick the needle – bacteria from your mouth can get on to it. Do it yourself. Take your time – rushing can mean you make a mistake. If it is sore, take the needle out and start again. Do not swab or clean the area after injecting – just apply some pressure to stop any bleeding.

 

How to prevent vein damage

Repeatedly injecting into the same place does not give you an extra buzz – it causes vein damage, and increases the risk of a blood clot. It is often safer to take the drug a different way. Always inject in the direction of your heart. Try to use the same Works only once – repeated use can cause vein damage. Don't use too much Vitamin C or Citric Acid to dilute tablet or tar – this can cause damage. Never use lemon juice, vinegar or cold water as you can risk injecting fungus into your veins.

 

Needle / Works Exchange

Never share needles or Works with another drug user – not even your partner, boyfriend or girlfriend. Any pharmacy or health centre with this logo will offer you a free needle exchange. Ask them for syringe markers or ID labels to identify your own needles from other users.

 
 
 

 

Contents

New arrivals hit the streets

Soup Run Forum

Web only: Emergency Islington shelter remains open during sub-zero temperatures

Chairman of the board

Rest in peace - in memory of lost friends

Prince poses

Starter pack boost

Wearing a jacket to beg?

Teens found guilty of killing Ralph Millward

The Passage withdraws service "as a last resort"

New learning centre for Glasgow

iHobo game causes controversy

Auckland extends ban on rough sleepers

Homeless interrogation

Affordable housing development opens in Edinburgh

Who decides?

Credit unions

New counts are optional

Nobby on stage

I will never forget you, my people

London homeless services in limbo over ?Ǭ£3.28m cuts

Disused night shelter re-opened for winter months

Coventry Cyrenians forced to cut services

London hub success for new rough sleepers

Crisis Skylight in Birmingham - a year on

Residents look ahead to staff upheaval

Midland Heart report

Labour call for hefty council tax levy on empty homes

Stik pic for the American Church

Lottery grant means new opportunities

Mungo?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s launches women?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s campaign

Homeless people forced into slavery

Homeless couple marry in Australia

Number of homeless in Southend underestimated

Basic banking for all

NSNO expands into west London

Scottish homeless applications drop by 19 per cent

Miami cannibal

Invisible People film UK homeless

The demilitarised zone in North America’s drug war

2012 - the year of the right to permanent accommodation in Scotland?

Crisis at Christmas

The Pavement is recruiting

Rough sleeper donates $250 to charity

Food voucher scheme scrapped

Commemorating friends and companions

Human rights for all

First person: Gemskii on regaining control of her life

The shades come off

Upfront: spikes

Comment: Spikes are the least of your worries

Opinion: All up in smoke?

Heartbreak Hotel, episode 4.

The Pied Piper of Housing

March for the Homeless

Being homeless doesn't mean you can't vote on May 7

The vulnerability ruling

The Queen’s speech

Criminalising homelessness

116-bed hostel for young homeless to close in Southwark

Sponsor a bed and rebuild a life

Hipsters neutralise anti-homeless spikes

What the Brexit will happen now?

Anti-homelessness protesters threatened with eviction, jail by Manchester city council

Showing our impact

Rebirth

The birth of the North Gower Action Group

A pianist, an artist, a dog called George and a new homeless app

Living water

Midwinter blues?

Councils back change in law to tackle rising homelessness

Having problems with your JSA?

Mayoral hustings on homelessness

Skippering

A major step in reducing homelessness?

Liverpool Police homeless curb beggars belief

Charity begins at home?

Legal aid charade

Surviving the streets – by those who've done it

Stop the scandal

Glasgow homeless services at risk

Bill gives councils legal duty to stop homelessness

Homeless Grenfell survivors afraid of deportation

Remembering those who have died in the past year

Safer injection action update

 

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