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How to tell if someone is shooting up drugs?

Some telltale signs of needle drug use include track marks, which are puncture wounds on the skin resulting from multiple points of needle insertion. Though these may most commonly be located on the arms, they may also be visible in other locations on the body such as neck and between fingers. Needle drug use may lead to prominent points of inflammation on the skin surface as well as more serious localized trauma/infections that result in ulcerations, abscesses, and cellulitis. Injection paraphernalia—such as needles, needle caps, lighters, spoons or other metallic receptacles used to “cook” the substance prior to injection, belts, rubber tubing, or other tourniquet material used to tie off a target blood vessel—may also be present.

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