If you are injecting drugs (such as cocaine, ketamine, heroine, steroids) it is important that you learn how to inject safely. Unsafe injection practices put you at risk for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, swollen skin and skin infections, blood clots and heart infections.
You can inject drugs and reduce your risk for these complications by doing the following:
- Don't share needles. Use a new needle ever time. Free needles are available at needle exchange programs in Toronto, and you can buy needles legally in drug stores.
- Fix in the cleanest space possible. Wash your hands and clean your spoon before you prep. your hit. Clean the site with an alcohol swab before you inject. Use sterile water to mix your hit. Always filter your hit.
- Never inject on the head or neck, the groin area, the genitals, or the inside of the wrist. Avoid injecting in the legs.
- Get vaccinated against Hepatitis B.
Keep a condom with you. Use it.
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