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  •  In a lot of states, though (5+ / 0-)

    including New York, you can buy syringes without a prescription. Here, a ten-pack is about $5.

    The difficult part is finding out how to use them.

    I've done IVs exactly twice, crystal meth, not heroin. In both instances, the guy I was with did the honors. I could never figure out how to hit the right spot, as it were.

    That said, though, if there's one piece of advice I feel comfortable giving, it's this: don't shoot up. The odds are very good that you will either harm yourself or, because it really is an overwhelming experience, do it over and over again.

    Personally, I party every once in a while, but never with needles. All things in good measure.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:34:20 PM PST

    •  yes - but the problem is that some pharmacies (4+ / 0-)
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      require the purchase of a full box - others will only sell insulin syringes, and some areas don't have pharmacies that are open 24/7, or ESAP registered pharmacies.

      In 2000 NY established ESAP with registered pharmacies
      Expanded Syringe Access Program (ESAP)

         Licensed pharmacies, health care facilities, and health care practitioners who can otherwise prescribe hypodermic needles or syringes may register with the New York State Department of Health to sell or furnish up to 10 hypodermic needles or syringes to persons 18 years of age or older.
          Persons who are age 18 years or older may legally obtain and possess hypodermic needles and syringes through ESAP- without a medical prescription.
          Pharmacies may not advertise availability of hypodermic needles or syringes without a prescription and they must keep them in a manner that makes them available only to pharmacy staff (i.e., not openly available to customers).
          Registered providers must cooperate in a program to assure safe disposal of used hypodermic needles or syringes.
          Hypodermic needles and syringes provided through ESAP are accompanied by a safety insert explaining proper use, risk of blood borne diseases, proper disposal, dangers of injection drug use, how to access drug treatment as well as information about HIV/AIDS.
          An independent evaluation conducted in consultation with the New York State AIDS Advisory Council, was submitted to the Governor and the Legislature on January 15, 2003. It assessed the impact of ESAP on needle and syringe sharing, substance abuse, pharmacy practice, criminal activity, accidental needle sticks among law enforcement, sanitation and other personnel, syringe disposal, and various methods of education on safe use and proper disposal.

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:48:33 PM PST

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    •  The exchanges are only part about the needles (4+ / 0-)

      they are also opportunities to bring people into other resources, health care, shelter etc.  

      We have the elite, smart people on our side.

      by fearisthemindkiller on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:51:25 PM PST

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