Responding to Blue Lights

Written by Dr. Stephen Parkin on . Posted in HR Practice

Blue Light
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

Written by Nigel Brunsdon on . Posted in HR Practice

Injecting someone
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.

Injecting Environments

Written by Nigel Brunsdon on . Posted in HR Practice

Outside injecting
We talk to people a lot about how they inject, what they inject and where on their body they inject it.
 
But 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.

Number of Injections

Written by Nigel Brunsdon on . Posted in HR Practice

Injecting
It's a standard question on most assessments in drug services, asked in lots of different ways. "How often do you inject?", "Number of injections per day?" etc.
 
But, why ask it? And how would a worker react if someone was really honest about the answer?

Advice with Dice

Written by Nigel Brunsdon on . Posted in HR Practice

Dice
I've talked before about the importance of coming up with new and novel ways of giving people advice. But his idea came from a conversation I was having with a co-worker. 
 
Like most ideas I get this is a relatively simple solution to a problem.

Why Do People Share

Written by Nigel Brunsdon on . Posted in HR Practice

Sharing
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?

Displacement of Public Injecting

Written by Dr. Stephen Parkin on . Posted in HR Practice

Public Injecting
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...

Have You Ever Had (H)it Blue?*

Written by Dr. Stephen Parkin on . Posted in HR Practice

Blue Light
*(Apologies to Paul Weller and The Style Council for such a shameful mis-appropriation of this song title)
 
In this article, I would like to draw attention to and comment on the potential problems caused by fluorescent blue lights upon the health of injecting drug users.

It's Not What You Say, But Why

Written by Nigel Brunsdon on . Posted in HR Practice

Simon Sinek
I’ve got aTED conference talk for you today, this one is with Simon Sinek talking about “How great leaders inspire action”.
 
I watched this for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it got me really thinking about how the best drugs workers/activists/services do what they do so well, by communicating effectively.