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What is the cotton used for when shooting up?

Cotton is used with the assumption that it provides some amount of filtration of impurities from the drug solution as it is drawn into the syringe prior to injection. While this may be the case for some large particles, it does little to nothing to filter any micro-organisms or micro-particles out of the solution intended for injection and provides no protection from potential irritation, inflammation, nor communicable diseases or infection. As a non-sterile foreign material itself, the piece of cotton used for these purposes could actually introduce additional risks of its own.

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