The Needle Exchange
The Needle Exchange provides clean needles and a safe disposal location for used needles. Education on safer practices and keeping used needles out of the community is an important function of our Needle Exchange program.
Harm Reduction for Drug Users
When snorting, tiny blood vessels inside the nose can break and cause tiny amounts of blood to leak out. This blood can get passed from person to person if you share straws/bills/etc. You are at risk of getting Hepatitis C. Hep C can cause long-lasting liver disease. You need your liver!
Nose care: Rinsing your nose before and after snorting can decrease irritation and inflammation. Dab your fingers in water and sniff it up your nose until you feel it run down your throat. This will help move the drugs along and prevent damage. Putting some Vitamin E oil in your nose can help you heal after a lot of snorting.
Always use a clean and new needle. Clean the area with an alcohol swab before you inject. Do not swab after the injection. Always insert the needle and inject in the same direction the blood in your vein is flowing (blood in your veins flows towards your heart). Always take your time and inject slowly.
Use a clean and new cooker and sterile water to mix drugs and prevent disease and infection.
Your arms and hands are the safest places to inject. Never inject into your head, neck, groin, or genitals. Try to rotate your injection sites.
Cap your needles after each use and dispose of them safely into a sharps container and/or bring them in to a needle exchange.
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