NYC Government Releases Guide To Heroin Use

The New York City Health Department and Mental Hygiene has released a 16-page pamphlet that, among other things, teaches the city’s citizens how to shoot heroin. Also useful for tourists who need to learn these things fast during their visit. From the New York Post:

The city spent $32,000 on 70,000 fliers that tell you how to shoot heroin, complete with detailed tips on prepping the dope and injecting it into your arm.

The 16-page pamphlet features seven comics-like illustrations and offers dope fiends such useful advice as “Warm your body (jump up and down) to show your veins.”

The manual does have some sound advice. It stresses the importance of kicking the habit, seeking professional help and not sharing needles. The Health Department defended its brochure, saying it was helpful and necessary, and has been distributed only to addicts or those at risk of becoming abusers.

One Response

  1. I get the humor of this. OMGWTFBBQ!! the government wants to show people how to shoot smack!!

    (and I’m not directing this at you, blogger, to be clear)

    But anyone seriously offended/bothered by this needs to grow up a bit. It’s a public health issue. Do the math.

    Some hookers shoot heroin. Some “regular people” have sex with hookers. A lot of those “regular people” have children, get in car accidents, etc. All kinds of risks that could spread HIV to innocent people who never thought their lives would connect somehow to the world of heroin. Decent, clean people (you know, like politicians traveling out of town for “work”.. you know the ones, they’ve been in the news a lot lately.. and divorced..). And that’s just a couple of examples of how innocents are hurt by harmful practices that could be eliminated by a few tips on how to “reduce harm” in the process of harming yourself.

    Hate to break it to you though, Pollyanna. Heroin use isn’t going to go away and harm reduction is not there to help heroin users get a better fix. It’s to protect the rest of us.

    (and to double up on the disclaimer, this isn’t directed at you, blogger. I think you presented the story with a little less sensationalism and “golly-gee, gosh with our tax dollars??” idiotic, pretend shock and outrage than many papers and local TV news did)

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