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The ‘J’ Word & Journalism

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I have a confession to make. I’m a Twitter junkie. As soon as I say that people know what I mean. The word, ‘junkie’ is an evocative word, that paints a picture of compulsive behaviour that interferes with other facets of the ‘sufferers’ life. This is why journalists use the word junkie. It provokes and paints a picture with a single word.

Stop Saying ‘Clean’

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I’ve been thinking of this for awhile, I want to ban the word ‘clean’ from drug services, granted it’s only a word so you might think I’m just being picky, but words like this carry both a lot of power and a wide range of meanings.

Cold Weather

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The UK in currently in the grip of cold weather. In this article I’m going to look at both the steps services can take to support people during the current cold snap and hopefully some advice for people who are forced to spend time outside in the snow. Plus how this will improve the relationship with visitors and give staff another great set of engagement tools.

Accidental Sharing

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Accidental sharing risks, those times when in all the confusion of the moment people aren’t quite sure if the needle they intend to use is their own or not.

Responding to Blue Lights

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In this article I would like to provide advice, information and a suggested ‘action plan’ for practitioners who may have concerns about existing/planned blue lights in their particular area/setting.

Injection by Others

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Usually this topic would be more about the increased risk of vein injury, or the fact that injection can often be used as a control mechanism. But this time I’m going to focus more of the way I see injecting another person as a type of sharing behaviour, especially within trust relationships.

Why Do People Share

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A large part of harm reduction work is discussing sharing issues with people who use drugs. Of course this is mainly focused around stopping sharing behaviours. But shouldn’t we be finding out why someone shares first?

Injecting Environments

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How often do we talk to people about their injecting environment? And the effect this has on both their injecting risks and their perception of drug use.

Displacement of Public Injecting

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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…

How Syringe Type Effects HIV Risk

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New research being presented this week at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna has made a strong link between different types of syringe and levels of HIV transmission through sharing.
 

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