Harm reduction strategies aim to reduce the negative consequences associated with drug use while recognizing that some individuals may continue to use substances.
When it comes to stimulants, such as cocaine, amphetamines, meth, mephedrone, and prescription drugs like Adderall, there are several harm reduction approaches that can be taken to reduce the risk of harm.
Check the quality of the substance
It is imperative to verify the quality of any substance before using it, to ensure that it is uncontaminated and safe. In particular, some stimulants are frequently combined with fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid that can be fatal even in tiny amounts.
You can verify the purity of a substance by means of legal testing kits, which are widely available in most large cities nowadays. If testing is not an option, it is advisable to refrain from purchasing the substance from multiple dealers. Instead, seek out a reputable supplier who prioritizes the quality of their product, and avoid fixating on the lowest possible price. Frequently, prices that are significantly below market rates are a cause for concern and may indicate that the substance is of inferior quality and, consequently, potentially hazardous to your health.
It is crucial to exercise caution when determining the appropriate dosage for a given substance and to avoid exceeding one’s tolerance level. Overdosing can lead to fatality or long-term damage to one’s health. Regrettably, this is a fundamental principle that is frequently disregarded.
You can obtain average dosage values from specialized websites or by reaching out to me, and I will be happy to provide advice.
Acquiring a precise scale for measuring dosages is now a straightforward process. However, it is vital to use a quality scale that can provide accurate measurements down to tenths, hundredths, and even thousandths of a gram. Jewelry scales are best suited, they can be purchased second-hand. Kitchen scales or other basic models are not suitable for this purpose.
If an individual chooses to use stimulants, they should take all possible precautions to minimize harm. This includes using sterile needles and avoiding sharing injection equipment to prevent the spread of infections. Furthermore, it is important to refrain from inhaling stimulants, as this can lead to respiratory damage.
When snorting, it is critical to use disposable plastic or metal tubes, to avoid penetrating the nasal cavity excessively. Act gently and without haste to protect the delicate mucous membrane, which is susceptible to damage from the substance. Finally, please refrain from using banknotes, which are a breeding ground for bacteria and dirt.
It is advisable to avoid combining substances, particularly alcohol, which can increase the body’s burden and the likelihood of adverse reactions. It is worth noting that the dangers of combining substances and their effects on the body are well documented. Alcohol, in particular, significantly elevates the toxicity of any stimulant, leading to increased risk and causing substantial damage to the liver. For these reasons, it is best to avoid combining any substances and abstain from alcohol altogether.
Hydrating, nutrition, and medications
Stimulant use can lead to dehydration and malnutrition, so it is essential to remain adequately hydrated, consume nutritious foods, and supplement with vitamins to minimize potential risks. But about everything in order.
Begin hydrating 1-2 hours before using the substance, gradually drinking one liter of plain water without overwhelming yourself.
During the trip, do not rely solely on water, but do not eliminate it entirely. It is best to drink small amounts of mineral water without carbonation periodically. Quite a bit, but often. This is especially important if you plan to engage in strenuous activity.
Take care of your stomach
Taking care of your stomach is a crucial aspect to consider, especially when we talk about stimulants. Many of these substances are highly potent chemicals that, when taken orally, can create conditions for inflammation and subsequent stomach problems.
Here are a couple of specific recommendations to minimize the burden on the stomach. It is essential to note that individuals with preexisting stomach or intestinal problems should not use stimulants recreationally.
- Before taking the substance, it is advisable to pause eating for about 4 hours. This allows the liver and pancreas to function without additional stress.
- An hour before ingesting the substance, take a non-absorbable antacid drug to avoid acid rebound. It is important to review the medication instructions, contraindications, and potential adverse reactions before use.
Supportive medications and supplements
Consider taking the following supportive medications and supplements to alleviate some of the negative effects and post-effects of taking stimulants. Please note that this will not always work and it is important to follow adequate dosages and other recommendations to ensure safety:
- Aspirin: take 100 mg 2 hours before the planned use. If you have a specific trip day, you can start taking Aspirin in advance at 50 mg per day, 3 days before the selected date. Be sure to study the instructions, contraindications, and adverse reactions.
- Magnesium: take it in the form of citrate or orotate, as only these options will be effective. The names of the supplement may vary from country to country. Take 1000 mg 2 hours before use, 500 mg in the middle of the trip, and 1000 mg 2 hours after the residual effects. Be sure to study the instructions, contraindications, and adverse reactions.
- Vitamin C: take 1000 mg a few hours before use once. Be sure to study the instructions, contraindications, and adverse reactions.
Maintenance supplements after the trip
Maintenance supplements following your trip are not essential, but they can alleviate the symptoms and after-effects.
L-tryptophan and L-tyrosine are amino acids that serve as precursors to serotonin and dopamine, respectively. Take 1000mg of L-tyrosine once in the morning and 500-1000mg of L-tryptophan 30 minutes before bedtime in the evening. The duration of the course is 2 weeks, but do not commence the course until 72 hours after the last use of a stimulant.
You may also consider using non-prescription sedatives and medications, including herbal remedies. For instance, Melatonin, in a dosage of 2-3mg, will facilitate falling asleep in the absence of stimuli such as bright light and loud music.
Regardless of the substance, take the time to study the instructions, particularly the sections pertaining to dosages, contraindications, and side effects.
I would like to cover additional drugs and supplements, but due to our dissimilarities, residing in various countries, having access to diverse medications, and being bound by different regulations, regrettably.
Regarding nutrition, it is improbable that you will have the desire to eat during the action phase. However, towards the end of the activity, hunger may arise. Avoid consuming heavy, greasy, or rough foods. Instead, it is preferable to begin with something simple, compact, and light. This will facilitate quicker recovery of the stomach and intestines and lessen the likelihood of undesirable reactions. In the days after the trip, choose healthy and full-fledged food. Avoid fast food and junk food.
Reducing the frequency of use
Extended usage of stimulants can result in addiction, which may cause an array of physical and mental health problems. Although this is commonly understood, it is often disregarded amid the waves of recreational effects. Regular use of any stimulant without taking meaningful harm reduction measures will undeniably impair your health.
While it is certainly easiest to avoid substance use altogether, it would be odd to offer such advice. Nevertheless, I emphasize the necessity and significance of taking prolonged breaks without substance use, especially if you have a strong connection to stimulants or other substances. Breaks lasting 3-4 weeks, at a minimum, enable your body’s systems to partially recover, improve your tolerance, offer a basis for longer periods of abstinence, and generally cultivate willpower. This is beneficial.
If you sense that your stimulant use is spiraling out of control, do not be afraid or hesitant to seek assistance. I understand that this is easier said than done, and I will not expound on this topic. Simply remember that you are not alone, and there are numerous individuals in your vicinity who are willing and capable of providing aid. This is applicable, in general, to any substance that begins to have an adverse impact on your life.
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