|Equipment||Safest Option||Alternative Option|
|Cooker||New metal cooker (ie stericup)||Clean sterilized (with bleach) metal spoon not used by anyone else|
|Filter||Single-use wheel filter||Single-use small cotton balls|
|Syringe & Needle||New syringe every time with a detachable needle (e.g. insulin syringe)|
New needle for every injection.
Start smaller and use the right needle size for you: 24G or 25G, 1 inch in length for intramuscular injections.
29G or 30 for IV injection, ½ inch to 5/16 inch. Do not sharpen or clip the needle, it is better to use a dull needle as sharpening it can cause more damage to the vein.
|If you must reuse, reuse a syringe only you’ve used and clean it with bleach followed by rinsing with water|
|Water||Sterile water||Boiled or sterile water is best, followed by bottled water, then tap water, then water from the tank (top part) of the toilet bowl. Avoid puddle water or water from inside the toilet bowl.|
|Tie||Rubber tourniquet||Socks, stockings, condom|
|Skin Cleaner||Alcohol wipes or soap and water||Hand sanitizer|
|Acid (required only for certain drugs to help dissolve-e.g. brown or black tar heroin, crack cocaine)||Vitamin C packets||Citric Acid|
|Disposal of Equipment||Dispose of works such as needles and syringes in a sharps container.||If there is a plastic snap lid on the needle, close it. Place the syringe in a hard container such as a water bottle, laundry detergent bottle, coffee can, or, if needed, capped in a trash can.|