2018 - Vancouver - IV Drug Use Tools
Do you wish to take drugs intravenously? If so you will need tools to participate.
Here is some of the paraphernalia distributed free to intravenous drug users to inject their drug of choice.
The hypodermic needle with syringe is used to inject a liquefied drug into a vein or muscle.
The small spoon is used to “cook” the powdered drug in a liquid for injection . The spoon holds the drug so a needle tip can be placed in the liquid.
The small vial contains a sterile liquid that is drawn into the syringe then squirted into the spoon to liquify the drug.
The cotton squares placed in the liquid helps filter out any impurities from the drug solution before injecting. The needle is stuck into the cotton to pull up the liquid from the cotton, rather than directly from the spoon.
The blue stretch rubber strap (tie off) is tightened around an arm or leg to make veins more prominent and easier to hit with a needle.
Some drugs commonly injected include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, opioid painkillers, prescription stimulants, some laced with fentanyl and an even stronger counterpart, carfentanil. Fentanyl is about 100 times stronger than morphine and over
50 times stronger than pure heroin. Each drug is extremely dangerous to inject and can have fatal consequences.
To decrease the spread of diseases, needle exchange programs provide intravenous drug users with free sterile syringes. They also collect used and contaminated syringes to prevent transmission to others.
The hypodermic needle and syringe in its current form was invented by the French scientist Charles Pravaz in 1851, and became a dominate means of treating pain during the wars of the time.
Drugs can be abused in a variety of ways; while some people may take them orally, others may smoke, snort, or inject them. The practice of “shooting up,” or injecting drugs directly into the bloodstream by means of a needle is particularly dangerous, as it can instantaneously produce intense and intoxicating effects that can speed the development of an addiction and otherwise result in significant health risks.