Monday, October 29, 2012
Desperate Addicts Inject Others’ Blood
It seems to me that the tiny amount of opiate in a sample of blood drawn into a syringe would not be significant. The effect is probably psychological, although the astute reader will not be surprised by this. Placebo injects have been shown to help with withdrawal sickness and the psychological makeup of the user, along with the conditions they are detoxing in, has significant effect on the severity of the acute withdrawal. I like the quote at the end of the article, "What are they thinking?" I don't presume to know the reasons for "flashblooding," but I think they are thinking along the same lines of opiate users who share syringes, namely get me out of this agony NOW. Society already labels drug users as worthless, many internalize this mentality and don't care what happens to their health as they pursue heroin. Many probably simply accept an early grave as an inevitable consequence of opiate addiction. Sad.
McCurdy, S. A., Ross, M. W., Williams, M. L., Kilonzo, G. P. and Leshabari, M. T. (2010), Flashblood: blood sharing among female injecting drug users in Tanzania. Addiction, 105: 1062–1070. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2010.02908.x [Abstract]