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Health Risks of Intravenous Drug Use

Health Risks of Intravenous Drug Use

  Most people recognize that intravenous drug use is dangerous by itself, simply because it involves injecting oneself with toxic chemicals. Besides the obvious risks of untrained individuals injecting themselves with anything, intravenous drug users are also at high risk for developing a number of infections and diseases. The list below includes diseases as well as viral and bacterial infections that intravenous drug users are at risk for contracting or developing. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a retrovirus … Read entire article »

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The Benefits of the Needle Exchange Program

The Benefits of the Needle Exchange Program

  The 19th International AIDS Conference, held this year, discussed many exciting and revolutionary ways to fight HIV, but, as one NPR correspondent, Richard Knox pointed out, didn’t say much about the well-proven needle exchange programs.  Needle and syringe exchange programs, a form of harm reduction, are locations in which injection drug users can exchange old syringes or simply get fresh ones.  Additionally, they often have educational resources about safe injection practices, counseling, HIV-testing, and information … Read entire article »

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An Addict’s Will to Change

An Addict’s Will to Change

  I had fifteen months clean before I relapsed on May 11, 2011.  My run lasted a little over a year.  I thought I would only use one time so I could escape from the immediate situation and the hell inside my head, but heroin doesn’t work that way – certainly not for me.  One night turned into a year and I still feel like I just woke up from some awful fever dream. The first few … Read entire article »

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Dope Sick Detox

Dope Sick Detox

  I knew my last fix would arrive shortly upon waking up from an entirely unpleasant half-sleep in the backseat of my car. It was a quick drive to my favorite coffee shop where inside there was a restroom with two trustworthy locks on the door. I have always been a committed practitioner of making sure no one would have the opportunity to catch me in the act. After shooting up most my heroin, I stepped … Read entire article »

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The Needle and the Damage Undone

The Needle and the Damage Undone

  Heroin is a very popular drug around the world. Over the past couple years, heroin has become an epidemic. During my two years of using heroin, I have seen many friends go down with this drug addiction. Before I was using heroin, I was smoking weed on a daily basis. I first started smoking when I was a freshman in high school. Sophomore year came around and I didn’t smoke weed more than ten times. By … Read entire article »

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The Future of Addiction?

MIT recently came out with a new method of injection: a Hypospray.  The hypospray delivers fluid or powder into the flesh at a rapid speed (nearly the speed of sound) in such a thin stream that there is no pain.  The injection goes through the skin and into the blood stream.  While hyposprays have been around using larger compressed air canisters, this particular hypospray uses magnetic energy to fuel the device (Lee, 2012). MIT’s new hypospray provides more control (Humphries, 2012).  Using the hypospray avoids the risks of nerve damage, potential infection, or blood clots that may result from IVs or shots. While the Star Trek fan community appreciates this invention because it mirrors a piece of technology depicted in the series, as a drug addict I appreciate this invention for different reasons.  … Read entire article »

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