If you inject heroin or other drugs, going slow could save your life. When you start to inject, use a little bit first and wait 20 seconds to see how strong it is. If it feels off, be careful -- consider not using it or taking less. Be sure someone with you has naloxone.
If you use heroin, pills or even other drugs in Baltimore there is a good chance you are using fentanyl. Fentanyl has caused a huge spike in overdose deaths. Fentanyl acts FAST. Be careful.
Wait 20 seconds after you first start to inject to take the plunge.
Use with someone and take turns in case one of you needs naloxone.
(And remember not to share needles.)
Naloxone is available at all pharmacies in Maryland.
Don’t be afraid to call 911 if you witness an overdose. Under Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law if you help someone who is overdosing: