Harm Reduction Practice
Urban environments provide numerous concealed settings that may be used on a regular and frequent basis for the injection of illicit drugs. In addition to general public amenity (car parks, stairwells, toilets) these places may include derelict buildings, marginal wasteland and squats. Each of these latter examples may be typically used and frequented almost exclusively by injecting drug users who may consider such places as providing temporary safety and sufficient privacy to administer drugs without detection/interruption…
I’ve talked before about the importance of coming up with new and novel ways of giving people advice. But his idea came from a conversation I was having with a co-worker. Like most ideas I get this is a relatively simple solution to a problem. The problem Emma, one of my co-workers, was talking to […]
This is the second in a series on strategies to help raise a vein. Last time I talked about the importance of keeping warm when trying to find a vein, this time I’d like to talk about exercise and diet. In my opinion not enough needle programme (NSP) workers or people who inject even consider diet issues something to talk about.
Working with people who inject isn’t just about giving out sterile equipment, you should also be aware of some of the more practical issues faced by people on a daily basis. Of course one of the major ones is getting a vein to inject into in the first place, and being warm makes that easier.
Anyone who has spent time with people who inject drugs or seen the footage from Avril Taylors study on injecting drug use will know ‘flushing’ is a major issue. But is it something we often talk about? And how can we make people easily understand the issues when we do?
As with the discarding of any litter, drug related litter is undoubtedly unsightly, unpleasant, anti-social and a potential hazard to public health (including those involved in clearance, community residents and also individual drug users). However, unlike most other forms of littering, DRL has provoked a number of local, regional and national responses that each aim to minimise needlestick injury (to non-drug users), promote safer communities and encourage appropriate discarding practice by IDU.