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Heroin I barely ever manage to find a vein even after reading all of the tips I can find. Is there any technique I can use for a sure fire way of a success?

swimboi890

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Preferably on my arms. I’ve used tourniquets and warmth and everything from a-z but it’s still nearly impossible for me to find a vein. Any help would be much appreciated.
 

burn out

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Try a short tip needle. Also, what gauge needle are you currently using? Switching to a lower gauge (larger needle) can make it easier, especially if your problem is sliding out.
 

swimboi890

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Try a short tip needle. Also, what gauge needle are you currently using? Switching to a lower gauge (larger needle) can make it easier, especially if your problem is sliding out.
Im already using short tip needles! I can never manage to draw any fucking blood out. I did a ton of research and I still cant do it and I just wasted all my fucking dope and its in a syringe and I really want to do it. What the fuck am I doing wrong? Im doing the tourniquet right after the middle of my bicep too. Are there any easily safely accessible veins? My wrists and hands have gone to shit bc of all the failed attemps and im furious.
 

swimboi890

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do you mean you can't find a vein full stop or that all the ones in your arms are blown already?
I cant 'find' veins by barely seeing them, but none of them ever stick out when i tie my arm off. Ive tried the windmill method, keeping it warm, chugging water, literally fucking everything What do I do?!?!
 

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tbh i know its really frustrating but anything that makes IV drug use harder is probably a good thing if it puts you off. its not a good road to go down.

can you not get someone to help you? when i first started i got other people to do it and they could get in without tying or anything, just got straight in. its best to do with someone experienced anyway to get the basics of harm reduction, i was awful on my own for keeping things sterile don't think i did a single shot that hadn't been on the floor.

some people just have difficult to find veins. i have a friend who'se never IVd but nurses have to take blood from her hand cos they can't get anything in her arms. fucking nurses!! like they know anatomically where everything should be. whereas i can see at least 4 veins in the crook of my elbow just by pumping my hand a bit.
 

swimboi890

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tbh i know its really frustrating but anything that makes IV drug use harder is probably a good thing if it puts you off. its not a good road to go down.

can you not get someone to help you? when i first started i got other people to do it and they could get in without tying or anything, just got straight in. its best to do with someone experienced anyway to get the basics of harm reduction, i was awful on my own for keeping things sterile don't think i did a single shot that hadn't been on the floor.

some people just have difficult to find veins. i have a friend who'se never IVd but nurses have to take blood from her hand cos they can't get anything in her arms. fucking nurses!! like they know anatomically where everything should be. whereas i can see at least 4 veins in the crook of my elbow just by pumping my hand a bit.
Yeah - one time when I was in college, I was with my ex girlfriend in the hospital and even the head nurse couldnt get the IV in her while she just sat there getting her hand stabbed over and over again. Eventually, though, they managed to hook up the IV and she finally got her much needed Dilauded. Seems wrong to say but I was kinda jealous lmao!
 

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Update 06/11 approx 5 PM:
I guess I managed to find a vein on my left arm, because after injecting and starting to feel the affects of the heroin, I wake up to my aunt walking in on my with almost all my paraphernalia out; yet another reason I would prefer to live by myself. I think she understood what was going on and all she said was to take care of myself.​
About 10-15 minutes ago IV’d crack into the same vein, same injection point. Will I be okay? Should I avoid using that vein now? The heroin/fentanyl high is extremely light, if not completely gone. The crack high is on the come down.​
 

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You can use the same vein more than twice if that's what you're asking. A junkie will use the same vein over and over until it collapses, which can take months. It is a good idea to rotate injection sites but eventually you will still run out of good veins if you IV every day for years.

Also if you are having trouble finding veins with the short tip needles, try long tips. I think those are easier in general, the short tips can be better in some situations all depending on the vein in question and your own preferences.

You will know when you are in a vein because blood will enter the syringe when you pull back on the plunger.
 

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rotate your sites!! honestly i know after it being so hard to find a place you could get in its tempting to just go there until its gone. but you'll preserve your sites much better if you don't hammer the same one constantly.

also crack will ruin it super quick, i lost my left arm veins insanely fast doing that. though i've since discovered a couple of new ones i'd missed but i don't use those drugs anymore, let alone IV. also i got told later on that going lower down is better as then when those veins go you can still use the veins higher up but it was a bit late for me at that point so i haven't tested that.

please please remember to sterilise the area, use fresh needles, at least boil your water if you doln't have sterile water and use alcohol wipes on the site after.
 
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