People have used a variety of ways to consume drugs, and it’s mostly been dependent on the type of drug and the “high” that is produced. Drug injection is said to be the quickest way to achieving fast-acting euphoria, as the substance is entered directly into the bloodstream; with a fast peak comes a fast crash, however, and drug injection can cause a person to develop a stronger and quicker addiction than perhaps with other consumption methods.

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Addiction assessed the responses of 262 participants who’d previously become involved in drug injection (the use of needles); the researchers found that overall, drug injection produces a higher risk factor for needle sharing, which can also lead to the development of Hepatitis C virus infections. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that 1 in 10 new HIV infections in the United States involve drug injections. In many cases it’s due to one of two factors:

  •    Direct needle sharing can have blood pathogens from another person, which can place a person at risk for HIV; the CDC also states that HIV can live in a needle for up to 42 days, depending on the temperature and other factors
  •    Individuals who are high from drug injections are also more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors; through this, HIV can be contracted as well

Intravenous drug injection may seem like a quick, sufficient way to get high – but in the long run, it’s incredibly dangerous and can place a person at great risk for contracting diseases. The safest, most preventative measure a person can take is to avoid drug injection altogether – and, if you or someone you love has been struggling with addiction and are ready to seek help, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today.

If you’re ready to begin taking great strides towards your health and wellbeing, speak with a professional from Alta Loma today. Mental illness should be taken seriously and, if not treated early on, more severe conditions can arise. The best way to promote happiness and health is to seek help – and to begin using effective interventions for treating the problematic symptoms a person is experiencing. Don’t wait any longer to seek the help you need. Please call Alta Loma today – and you’ll be surrounded by a healthcare team who truly cares about your recovery. 866-457-3843.