The lengths to which some drug addicts will go to assuage their needs are quite extreme. Many turn to crime to fund their supply, others to prostitution or even to forms of slavery. Once, when I was working as a police officer, I met a man who had self-tattooed the location of his blood vessels onto his arms. He’d done so because the places he would regularly visit to inject himself – public toilets, mostly – had been fitted with blue lighting that was designed to make it difficult for drug users to find their veins.
Intravenous (IV) intoxicants are the hardest of hard drugs. They provide an almost immediate ‘rush’ as the drug enters the bloodstream and is carried to the brain. They also carry some of the highest risks.