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Episode 3: I don't share my needles with anyone except.....

By Vanessa Lech

Unfortunately, many people believe that if they only share their needles with their girlfriend, their boyfriend, their brother, their sister, their mother, their father, etc……. then they think that they won't contract a disease, but this is FALSE.Hepatitis C and HIV are common among IV drug users. You can still contract Hepatitis C and HIV even if you only share needles with one person that you love and that you trust.That one person that you love and that you trust could be sharing needles with Susie Q down the street whom is sharing drug paraphernalia with everyone and their mother in their drug using community. This is very common. This is how communicable diseases are spread.If you are going to use needles, then purchase clean needles or use needle exchanges.Below are some resources:UNC Infectious Diseases ClinicAddress: 130 Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514Phone: (984) 974-7198https://www.med.unc.edu/infdis/clinical-care/infectious-diseases-clinicNorth Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC)http://www.nchrc.org/(336) 543-8050robert.bb.childs@gmail.comDoctor Directinfo@doctordirectmd.comPhone: (919) 277-9866Fax: (919) 277-9880https://www.doctordirectmd.com/5838 Six Forks Road, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27609Visit with your primary care provider aka Doctor aka health care professional for regular checkups, testing and subsequent treatment for communicable diseases if needed.National Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/American Association of Poison Control Centers1-800-222-1222https://aapcc.org/About the Author:My name is Vanessa Lech. I am a behavioral clinician at Carolina Addiction & Anger Management PLLC. I regularly write content and self-publish books on various topics to include “Burn Out Self Care for Behavioral Health Clinicians”. https://www.carolinaaddictionanger.com/

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