If you smoke crack:
mouthpiece to prevent burns from the crack pipe.†
You can make a mouthpiece
from a rubber spark plug cover/boot (available at local auto supply store), or rubber
bands.† Place either item on the mouth
end of the pipe to act as a barrier between your lips and the hot metal or
glass.† Also, glass pipes are usually cooler
you donít have a mouthpiece, let the pipe cool down before you take your next
a longer pipe will cause less burns, as the temperature will be lower.
Avoid using a
cracked pipe, as cuts are a way for bacteria & viruses to get into your
your mouthpiece/pipe or use anyone elseís.†
If you do, clean it with bleach or alcohol first.
If you donít
have a mouthpiece, use petroleum jelly to protect your lips when smoking.
A pipe screen
is the safest type of screen for your crack pipe.
you donít have a pipe screen (available at local smoke shops), use a small
piece of household copper scrubbing pad.†
Burn the pad a bit first to mold it into the pipe.
Change your copper scrubbing pad screen often to
prevent it from hurting your mouth.
If you have sex while on crack:
Use condoms.† Ask us about getting some today.
If you canít
use condoms, use plenty of water-based lube to reduce your risk.
Apply a drop
of lube inside the tip of the condom for better sensation.
and dental dams / plastic wrap for oral sex:
- If you have burns on
your lips, cuts on your lips, or the roof of your mouth is irritated from
smoking crack, avoid giving oral sex without a condom Ė flavored condoms
are a nice option.
- If you do give oral
sex without a condom, it is best for your partner not to come in your
mouth.† This will help you avoid HIV
and other STIs.††††††††††††††††††††††††
If you inject crack:
- Use new syringes Ė one shot for each
sterile syringe Ė as well as new cookers, cotton filters and water.† If you canít get new syringes, either
from your local syringe/needle exchange or pharmacy, clean your syringes
well with room-temperature water or bleach, flushing them at least three
- Prepare your shot on a clean surface,
an unread section of newspaper or magazine will work.
- Try to cook the crack at least 15
seconds to prevent infection.
- To protect your veins, use pure
ascorbic acid to dissolve crack for injection, rather than vinegar or
lemon juice.† Using lemon juice can
cause serious eye problems.
- Ask your local
needle/syringe exchange if they have this for you.
- You can also try
crushing the crack between two spoons to turn it into a powder.
- If you do inject, ask for our Safer
Injection Flyer, or see the safer injection guide complete with pictures
from CRA @ †http://www.anypositivechange.org/bvcsi.html
If you use crystal:
- Avoid mixing it with poppers and/or
Viagra, since mixing these drugs can cause overdose and heart attacks.
- Plan ahead, and have plenty of condoms
and water-based lube on hand if you are going to have sex.
- If you are injecting, rotate your
injection site, as crystal causes your veins to shrink.
- Drink plenty of water for healthy
veins and to avoid dehydration.
- Do not muscle or skin-pop cocaine or
crystal, due to the risk of abscesses.
- See our Safer Injection Flyer for more
If you snort cocaine or other drugs:
- Avoid sharing straws or tubes to snort
cocaine or other drugs, as this can spread Hepatitis B or C.
- If you do share straws or tubes,
clean them with bleach or alcohol first.