IV Drug Abuse
IV Drug Abuse
Intravenous drugs, or IV drugs, are chemicals that are used by injection to a person’s bloodstream via a hypodermic needle. Oftentimes, prescription drugs are injected when being abused by an addict. Using IV drugs is dangerous and a serious problem for many suffering from addiction.
Many people become addicted to drugs starting with easier forms, often either smoking or snorting the substance. However, as an addiction problem grows an addict begins searching for ways to make drugs both more potent and faster-acting. By injecting drugs straight into the bloodstream, addicts often experience a much stronger effect.
Many drugs are injected when abused. Heroin, along with many other opioids such as morphine, oxycontin, fentanyl, and Demerol, is often injected via a needle into the bloodstream. Other commonly abused drugs such as flakka, steroids, ketamine, bath salts, PCP, and benzodiazepines can also be injected into the bloodstream.
What Are The Dangers of Shooting Up?
While those seeking to abuse IV drugs are often seeking a stronger high, the potency of injecting drugs straight into the bloodstream is also incredibly dangerous. IV drugs are specifically much more likely to cause a variety of complications within someone’s body compared to other forms of abuse.
Partially due to how quickly the effects of the drugs can take place while shooting up, addicts self-administering IV drugs rarely can accurately control how much they are injecting. This is why addicts to use IV drugs are far more likely to overdose than any other form of consumption.
The use of IV drugs also introduces an entirely new danger into the process for addicts: hypodermic needles. While needles are safe when clean and used by medical professionals, the use of them on the streets leads to a variety of serious health risks.
The use of dirty needles or the injection of drugs containing different bacteria and pathogens can lead to many different skin and blood issues among users. The sharing of needles also greatly increases the spread of bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. One study showed that 1 in 10 people diagnosed with HIV in the United States were users of IV drugs.