The useful guide offers such advice as: “Warm your body (jump up and down) to show your veins,” and “find your vein before you try to inject.”
Other tips include: “Only ‘boot’ once or twice in one shot.”
The manual is the work of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which printed about 70,000 copies of the handout to promote safe practices. In defense of these officials, the guide (here) does include a great deal of health information on seeking medical assistance and being treated for AIDS and Hepatitis.
It also includes the following suggested tips:
•Shoot correctly to avoid infection and collapsed veins.
•Don’t blunt your needle by poking a hole in your sterile water container.
•Warm your body (jump up and down) to show your veins.
•Find the vein beforeyou try to inject. Tie off to make your veins visible.
•Don’t “dig” for veins. If you don’t “register,” pull out and try again.
•Don’t always inject in the same spot.
•Only “boot” once or twice in one shot.
Of course, I could barely make it through the movie Trainspotting because I am a wimp. Then again, if only the characters in Pulp Fiction had an easy to read pamphlet on an adrenaline shot:
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