I just had my first and, hopefully, last abscess drained yesterday. It was painful, though not as painful as I had been led to believe. It’s obviously a direct result of my IV drug use and it got me thinking about some of the negatives of that RoA. Now, I know me listing the dangers is not going to stop the determined addict from doing it, but it may at least make them take pause…
IV drug use dangers:
– Overdose. It is so ridiculously easy to OD this way. It won’t necessarily mean death, but you’re really upping your chances.
– Serious infection. HIV, hepatitis, you name it… if there’s a nasty bug that you’ll have to live with for your significantly shortened life, this is a good way to get it… For god’s sake, don’t share needles. There are too many harm reduction practices in place (needle exchange) to really have any excuse.
My current favorite:
– Abscess. If you miss a vein it hurts. 9 out of 10 times, that’s it though and you can go merrily about your way. That tenth time, though, watch out… You can develop what is essentially a large, nasty subdermal infection and, guess what… you can’t do shit about it on your own. It will get bigger and more painful as time goes on. You either go to a doctor and get it taken care of (draining, antibiotics), or you eventually (1) wait for it to turn gangrenous so you lose a limb or (2) wait for it to turn septic so it kills you. Neither of these are great options. If you get one of these, get it taken care of. It will not improve on it’s own.
So, I won’t deny the pull of IV drug use. Once you go down that road, there’s no turning back. If you do head that direction, be careful and take care of yourself.