at many, many videos for correct, simple to follow, easy to understand videos on safer injecting, I think we have found a few here, ones that are at the top of the list for good information, easy to follow imagery, excellent explanations of why we ought to follow the advice and up to date health information. If you have a favourite you think should be here -drop us a line (comments below). Thanks to all the film makers and harm reductionists for the chance to post their terrific videos for our community-we will always credit and link back to you.
Safer Injecting -A short and sweet production! 2 1/2 minutes. Video produced by Jon Derricot: Published on 26 May 2013
This film is designed to help people to identify ways to reduce potential harms resulting from injecting. The film is aimed at people who inject heroin (specifically, the brown heroin commonly available in the UK and many other parts of the world), but many of the steps shown can be applied to the injection of other drugs. Injecting can never be completely safe and is often very harmful, but taking a few simple steps and practicing good technique can make it a much safer process. Taking these measures can help to maintain veins, reduce soft tissue damage, prevent bacterial/blood borne virus infections and reduce the pain, discomfort and scarring associated with poor injecting.
2) A Comprehensive Safer Injecting Video (18 minutes)
Here is another really good video from Dan Bigg and the Chicago Recovery Alliance (Any Positive Change) which covers a lot of stuff around safer injecting -we especially like the info on vein valves and how to find yours (and how to avoid hitting them!). Also good info on tourniquets and their use (wider is better and why its important to avoid skinny tourniquets like shoelaces etc), why you should shoot ABOVE your last injection site whenever possible (not below) and why when cleaning a syringe you have to go water, bleach, water -and NOT bleach first. The Chigago Recovery Alliance tells you the WHY in all these issues -not just a spiel about the fact that you just shouldn’t do it. It is important to know the why’s because it helps you to make better decisions around other things -learning how to do the math helps you work out the answers when you need them -rather than just having the answers given to you. It is an 18 minute that goes into a lot of detail without being too much information in one sitting. Well done Mr Bigg and friends!
Here are some very clear guidance on safer injecting in different languages from The Chicago Recovery Alliance (Any Positive Change) Thanks to our American friends!