The bulk of injectors coming into NSP are either using tourniquets, or have got to the stage where they’re groin injecting because they say they ‘have no veins left’. But from my experience most people lack basic knowledge on how to correctly use a tourniquet.
Information about what makes a good tourniquet and how to use it can give really effective fast results for injectors and help prevent the progression to higher risk sites like the groin.
Not all acids are created equal, but they do all have risks.
'Brown' heroin (ie Afghan heroin sold in Europe) and crack cocaine both require the user to 'cook down' their drug with an acidifier if they are going to be injected. But which are the best options and what's the advice that we should be giving along with them?
In a previous article I spoke about the differences between 'bad' acids like lemon juice and good commercially available acids. In this short article I'm going to explain the differences between the two main acids available in needle exchanges to injectors, and what advice we should be giving people who are using them.