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Preventing unnecessary vein damage: a briefing paper for those working with injecting drug users

Preventing unnecessary vein damage: a briefing paper for those working with injecting drug users

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    Intravenous injecting is a highly efficient way of introducing drugs into the body. However, when drugs are injected, the filtering and delaying mechanisms that protect us when things are absorbed via the gastro-intestinal tract, lungs or skin are bypassed. This makes injecting by far the most hazardous way of introducing drugs into the body. In particular the potential for infection and overdose are much increased.