Tag: iv drug use

The Prince and the Fentanyl Overdose  On what would have been Prince’s birthday today, instead,  headlines scream “How did Prince get his hands on Fentanyl?” In the meantime, people in recovery laugh and say obtaining the drug that killed Prince back in April is as easy as buying a pack of cigarettes. Fentanyl overdose isn’t

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  The heroin epidemic in the United States has some nasty side effects beyond overdose rates. Because of increasing rates of heroin use, hepatitis C is currently spreading across the United States at a break-neck pace. Unfortunately, we’re in the midst of several wars. We’re fighting painkillers, heroin, synthetic drugs like spice and bath salts,

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What are Needle Exchange Programs? Needle exchange programs are places where IV drug users can obtain clean syringes for free. Needle exchanges also often offer other services. Why Were They Created? The purpose of needle exchange programs is to reduce the transmission of HIV and other blood-borne diseases. Recent statistics show that one fifth of

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An Outbreak Worse than HIV A lot of noise has been made lately about Indiana’s HIV outbreak. It’s understandable, especially with over 150 residents testing positive for the infamous virus and numbers expected to keep rising. There’s another outbreak that’s been causing quiet waves over the last few years. It hasn’t been getting as much

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A Tragic Situation in Indiana The last four months have seen an unfortunate and unprecedented rise in HIV cases in Indiana. Officials say the twenty-seven confirmed cases, and ten additional preliminary cases, are largely due to IV painkiller abuse. Since early December, painkiller addicts in the midwest have been sharing contaminated syringes. These dirty needles

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What Exactly is Cotton Fever? Cotton fever is a term that gets thrown around pretty frequently in the drug world. Despite hearing it often during active addiction, you may not really know what it means. There are 10,000 definitions, each one a little different from the last. Associated with IV drug use, it’s thought to

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#junkiefam #junkiesofiggg In a strange twist of social media, heroin addicts are using Instagram to share pictures of their addiction. With hashtags like those above getting thousands of posts, this isn’t a fad. It looks like using social media to document addiction is here to stay. The Daily Mail, and other news outlets, have run

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