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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Hepatitis. Know Your Risk! May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, a disease that goes hand-in-hand with drug use. Are you or could you be at risk? Knowledge is power! Read on to learn more about this disease and how to prevent it, and the basic facts. Hepatitis in a Nutshell There are three kinds of hepatitis,

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Hepatitis C in America What’s the worst disease you can think of? Most people would probably say AIDS, cancer, or maybe the avian flu. Not many are going to say hepatitis C. Guess what though? Hep C is currently spreading across the United States at far greater rates than any of the above. It isn’t

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Written By: Brian Cattelle 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

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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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HIV Outbreak Goes From Bad to Worse Not long ago, Lighthouse reported on the rising number of Indiana residents contracting HIV. These cases were all linked back to prescription drug abuse, specifically to injecting the painkiller Opana. Well things just got worse. There have been upwards of seventy confirmed cases of HIV since the outbreak

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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 the Heck 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, I never really knew what it meant. I’d heard about 10,000 definitions, each one a little different from the last. Cotton fever is associated with IV drug

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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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