IV Injection harm reduction protocol

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This protocol is a draft. It has not yet been accepted as protocol and may be incorrect or poorly cited. Please do not use this in your work until it has been accepted.

Please see #protocols on Slack to discuss this protocol further.

This is the protocol for doing harm reduction for people who are injecting themselves, no matter what substance is being injected. It covers intravenous injections(into a vein, unlike intramuscular injections, commonly used in HRT, contraception and

This is a harm reduction protocol- it describes the process of reducing harm in an activity which queercare is not legally able to undertake, and the activity itself is not covered by protocol, expenses or evidence basis. Reducing harm involved in the activity, however, is.

This protocol is built on the supplies safer injecting handbook

When to do harm reduction

If someone is going to do an IV injection, you should use this protocol to help them do it more safely.

Attempting to dissuade someone from doing an IV carries a strong risk that they will not trust you to either be told when they do it next time, or that they will not trust you to give them the tools to help them do it more safely, and you should not do it.

What to do before doing harm reduction for an IV

You must consider the dangers in your surroundings and to your mental health, and take steps to make them safe, up to and including not doing the harm. See Scene survey protocol and Risk in mental health intervention You can put on gloves.

You can offer alternative means of taking the substance in the injection.

How to do harm reduction for an IV

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