The Dangers of Sharing Needles

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As a supplier of medical Needles we feel it is important to express the dangers of needle sharing. Although our needles are sold specifically to medical practices there have been cases of needle misuse in the workplace, and unfortunately it is a big problem amongst those who administer their own drugs.

There are various ways in which a person can take a drug yet it is those administered through the use of a hypodermic needle that pose the most dangers. Injecting a substance into the body allows the drug to enter the bloodstream right away. As a result it bypasses all of the body’s natural filtering mechanisms giving the body no chance of fending off disease or bacteria.

Injecting straight into the bloodstream means that the effects of the drug are felt quicker than if they were to be taken orally. It is therefore often used in hospitals for those who are in severe need of medical attention so that they have the best chance of recovery possible. It is however also a preferred method for those who are drug dependent as the high is much more intense. It is also shorter felt and it is far easier to become addicted to a drug when it is administered like this. Drugs that are commonly injected by addicts are heroin, cocaine, crack and methamphetamine.

For many that are addicted to such drugs getting it into the system is of the utmost importance regardless of the dangers. More often than not users can be found sharing needles which can put that person at more risk than they already are. With the needle penetrating various people’s bodies it has come into contact with numerous people’s bodily fluids, posing a risk of HIV, Tetanus, Hepatitis and other infections.

It is for this reason that needles should never be shared as the infections mentioned can have severe and life threatening effects. Simply cleaning the needle with soap and water is not good enough, the infection may have been drawn into the syringe or be lingering on the needle. Tattooists use needles in their profession but they never use the same needle twice as the same risks are present for them too. Other equipment they use such as grips and tips have to be thoroughly sterilised after each use in what is known as an autoclave. This reaches high temperatures suitable for killing germs and bacteria but needles are always disposed of accordingly.

Other risks associated with injecting drugs into the body include scarring of the veins, collapsed veins, abscesses in the arteries, and injection spots.

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Monday, November 9th, 2015 by Charlie Stelling About Us No Comments

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