Safer Drug Use Practices

Learning to take care of yourself takes time and thought

Everyone deserves to take care of themselves whether they use drugs or not. Use this page to help you get started. The following are specific actions that you can take to help you use drugs safer – it includes resources in the community that you can get access to, as well as general suggestions to prevent overdose and infection.

What can you do?

I can get the supplies that I need to stay healthy

  • You can get new syringes at a pharmacy near you or at a syringe exchange. You can go to the Project Weber/Renew (phone: 401-383-4888) men’s drop in center, or ENCORE’s (phone: 401-781-0665) mobile or permanent syringe exchanges. Learn more about where you can get new supplies and works.

  • Fentanyl test strips are easy to use tests to see if your drugs have been mixed with fentanyl. Learn more about fentanyl test strips.

  • You can prevent infections by doing basic things before you use drugs, like washing your hands with soap and water, using new supplies, and swabbing your skin with alcohol. Learn more about how to prevent an infection.

  • There are things you can do to stay healthy while injecting drugs like using new needles and supplies, rotating injection sites and using sterile water every time you use drugs. Learn more about how to take care of yourself when injecting drugs.

I can get naloxone and stop an overdose

I can have someone with me when I use drugs

  • You want someone with you when you are using drugs. Take turns using – that way one of you can call 911 if there is an overdose.

  • You can learn how to use naloxone to stop an overdose in case you see someone overdosing.

  • Did you know that more than half of the people who die from an overdose are using more than one drug at a time? You can be safer by using just one drug at a time.

I can go to a doctor and get tested

More Resources


Safer drug use resources

Find where you can get syringes, naloxone, fentanyl test trips, and get tested for HIV and hepatitis C.

Get naloxone

Naloxone can reverse an opioid overdose. Find out where you can get it.

Fentanyl test strips

Fentanyl test strips are easy to use tests to see if fentanyl could be present in your drugs.