NOTE: These materials are targeted for a specific high risk population and may contain language that is inappropriate for persons under the age of 18.
- Heroin overdose deaths
King County has seen an unusual rise in heroin-related deaths. To learn more, see the media release and Public Health Warning for heroin users, both issued March 6, 2012.
- Be Alive Tomorrow
Facts about opiate overdose.
- Your arms are not hopeless!
Tips from Jason - That Vein Care Guy on how to best find a vein and using syringes.
- All about abscesses(PDF)
An abscess is a pocket of pus which means you have an infection. What causes an abscess? Drug shooters often get abscesses on their arms or legs at injection sites.
- Syringe Disinfection for Injection Drug Users(PDF)
- Clostridium fact sheet in English (PDF)
- Cotton facts and tips(PDF)
Cotton fever is probably not caused by cotton fibers. It's more likely caused by bacteria that live in the cotton. Cotton can grow a lot of bacteria, especially after it gets wet.
- Crystal -- What You Should Know(PDF)
For some men, crystal meth is an integral part of gay culture and their personal, social and sexual identities. Unfortunately, it also plays an undeniable role in the rise of HIV, STDs, and addiction in our community. There are many decisions to make about crystal: How can I minimize its risks? How do I stop? Should I even try it?
Bacterial endocarditis is an infection in the lining or valves of your heart. How does it happen? One way that bacteria get into the blood is by using needles that aren't sterile.
- Muscling and Skin Popping
Muscling is when you inject into muscle instead of a vein. Skin-popping is when you inject between skin and fat layers. Muscling and skin-popping allow germs to "sit" inside muscle and fat tissue or under the skin. These are great places for abscesses and other infections to brew.
- Stop! Do Not Share!
Sharing works is the same as sharing blood. This happens when you share rigs with someone else.
- The Point is the Point: Turn them back in with care
Exposed points are really dangerous. So are broken-off points. They are hard to see and can easily get lost in clothes, carpets, couches, wherever.
- What does your needle look like?
Use a brand new needle every time you inject. See microscopic photos of needle tips as they deteriorate after repeated use. Reusing needles increases your chances of getting abscesses, infections and blown veins.