MRSA Information for Drug Users

MRSA infections can be passed from one drug user to another through the sharing of needles, straws and other items when using street drugs. A side effect of crystal methamphetamine, in particular (however you use it), is a creepy-crawly sensation under the skin. Scratching can break the skin, which can easily become infected with MRSA.

Prevention of MRSA Skin Infections for Drug Users

Sharing isn't caring:

Don't share drug-using equipment such as straws, cottons, cookers, works, needles, syringes or rigs. These items may carry bits of infected skin or body fluids. Sharing these items increases the risk of MRSA and other infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Don't share personal items such as towels, razors and unwashed clothes.

Keep wounds covered

If you have a MRSA infection, keep cuts or wounds dry and covered, especially those that are actively draining. This will help prevent others from becoming infected.

Wash your hands:

Frequent hand washing is a good way to prevent many infections, including MRSA.

Wash your hands often if you have an infection, especially after changing bandages or touching the infected area.

See your doctor:

See a doctor if you have a wound or abscess that isn’t healing properly. Don't pick at it or try to drain it yourself. The infection may spread and become more serious.

If cut or wound is red, swollen, painful, and not healing or getting worse, and especially if you develop a fever, you should see a doctor. An untreated infection can move to other parts of your body, such as your lungs, and become more serious, even fatal.

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