A new find! I must admit, I was quite excited to come across something I hadn't seen before, as it's a fairly rare occurrence! So what exactly did I stumble upon, you ask? Take a shot at spotting it yourself first...
Did you find it? It's not necessarily something you would recognize as drug related if you aren't familiar with the supplies for IV drug use. Take a closer look towards the bottom right of the photo, and then check out the close up and information below.
Located beside the curb amongst the leaves and dirt is a 2ML clear plastic vial of sterile water for injection. Let's not kid ourselves here - of course I've seen a vial of sterile water for injection. I used them all day everyday for way too long. What I have not seen though, is this particular packaging. Funny enough, just the other day while out wandering around, I thought it was rather strange that I had not seen any blue sterile water vials around the city somewhere in and amongst all of the discarded needles. Apparently the reason I hadn't seen any was that the packaging has changed!
When I was using, local needle exchanges gave out 3ML light blue plastic vials of sterile water for injection purposes, along with the other supplies they offer. This new packaging is smaller (2ML as opposed to 3ML), and is in a clear plastic vial instead of blue. Looks the like mystery of the missing blue vials has been solved! I must admit, it does feel pretty good to run into something I haven't seen before, as it reminds me just how long I've actually managed to stay away from IV drug use. That's a great feeling!
I finally came across something besides the plethora of used syringes! So what was it?
Laying discarded on the grass in front of several local business is a Glass Vial!
So how is this related to drugs? Glass Vials are commonly used to store drugs such as Oil, powdered drugs such as Cocaine, as well as Meth. Upon closer inspection of this particular Vial, it appeared to have a dark coloured residue and smell consistent with that of Oil. It also had a small amount of black soot on the outside of the Vial, similar to what would result from the application of a lighter or other flame source.
What random drug and/or drug supplies did I stumble upon today while out and about?
One of the many improperly discarded syringes recently revealed under the melting snow!
Take a close look. It is frighteningly easy to miss!
Any discarded or improperly disposed needle is a problem. The fact that this particular one is uncapped is an even bigger one. The chances of an accidental prick are greater, as it could be picked up to be disposed by someone who is unaware of how to safely do so, or stepped on by unsuspecting pedestrians, children or animals.
By K. Lanktree
- Freelance Writer -
- Blog Mistress -
- Former IV Drug User -
- Methadone Patient -
- Lover of all things Harm Reduction -
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