Stay Tuned as we update this page! Rad Care has a strong Harm Reduction Ethos. We’ve included treatment resources because we get asked for these often not because we believe that all people need to stop using. We are also working on including safer sex and safer injection resources.
- Vein Health (from Cesar Sierra, pdx)
- Syringe Exchange, Crack pipes and more at
People’s Harm Reduction Alliance
From King County:
- 211 website or dial 211 from any phone
- Crisis line: (206) 461-3222 or (866) 427-4747 (toll-free) Crisis Clinic website
- Syringe Exchange schedule
- LEAD: Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) is a new innovative pilot program that was developed with the community to address low-level drug and prostitution crimes. Many feel this program is used for sweeps and not helpful in accessing/ finding resources.
- Be Alive Tomorrow
Facts about opiate overdose.
- Your arms are not hopeless!
Tips from Jason – That Vein Care Guy on how to best find a vein and using syringes.
- En español: ¡Tus brazos no están perdidos!
- All about abscesses(PDF) An abscess is a pocket of pus which means you have an infection. What causes an abscess? Drug shooters often get abscesses on their arms or legs at injection sites.
- En español: Todo sobre los abscesos
- Syringe Disinfection for Injection Drug Users(PDF)
- Clostridium fact sheet in English (PDF)
- En español: Infección que amenaza la vida se ve en los que usan heroína (PDF)
- Cotton facts and tips(PDF)
- Cotton fever is probably not caused by cotton fibers. It’s more likely caused by bacteria that live in the cotton. Cotton can grow a lot of bacteria, especially after it gets wet.
- En español: Algodón: Hechos y Recomendaciones
- Crystal — What You Should Know(PDF)
For some men, crystal meth is an integral part of gay culture and their personal, social and sexual identities. Unfortunately, it also plays an undeniable role in the rise of HIV, STDs, and addiction in our community. There are many decisions to make about crystal: How can I minimize its risks? How do I stop? Should I even try it?
- Bacterial endocarditis is an infection in the lining or valves of your heart. How does it happen? One way that bacteria get into the blood is by using needles that aren’t sterile.
- En español: Endocarditis: Infección de su corazón
- Muscling and Skin Popping
- Muscling is when you inject into muscle instead of a vein. Skin-popping is when you inject between skin and fat layers. Muscling and skin-popping allow germs to “sit” inside muscle and fat tissue or under the skin. These are great places for abscesses and other infections to brew.
- En español: Intramuscular y pinchandose
- Stop! Do Not Share!
Sharing works is the same as sharing blood. This happens when you share rigs with someone else.
- En español: ¡Para! ¡No compartas!
- The Point is the Point: Turn them back in with care
- Exposed points are really dangerous. So are broken-off points. They are hard to see and can easily get lost in clothes, carpets, couches, wherever.
- En español: El punto ¡es la punta!”
- What does your needle look like?
- Use a brand new needle every time you inject. See microscopic photos of needle tips as they deteriorate after repeated use. Reusing needles increases your chances of getting abscesses, infections and blown veins.
- En español: ¿Cómo se ve TU jeringa?
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