Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome

    • Learning Objectives

    • Content Warning

    • Pre-Test

  • 2

    Potential Harms of Injecting Drugs

    • Reflection: Brainstorm

    • Potential Harms of Injecting Drugs

    • The Need for Bridging Resources

  • 3

    Supplies and Equipment

    • Injecting Equipment

    • Parts of a Syringe

    • One New Syringe Every Time

    • Syringe Use and Risk

    • Alcohol Pads

    • Sterile Water and Cookers

    • Water Source

    • Cottons (Filters)

    • Tourniquet (Ties)

    • Ascorbic Acid

    • Wound Care Materials

    • Bleach

    • Sharps Container

    • Activity: Injection Equipment

    • Street Heroin - Optimal Preparation and Injection

    • How to Clean a Syringe

  • 4

    Safer Injection Process

    • Types of Injection

    • Three (3) Points where Transmission Can Occur

    • Injection Locations Vary in Risk

    • Tips for Finding Veins

    • Different Injection Locations

    • Switch Injection Sites on the Body

    • Reducing Risk when Injecting

    • Reflection: Reducing Contamination

    • Other Routes of Administration

    • Naloxone

    • Safety First

  • 5

    Basic Wound Care for Non-clinicians

    • Introduction to Basic Wound Care

    • Hitting an Artery

    • Contaminated Hits

    • Abscess

    • First Days of Healing

    • Cleaning Wounds

    • Abscess Care Dos and Don'ts

    • Seeking Medical Attention

    • Safe Injection Tips: A Recap

    • Reflection: Safer Injection and Basic Wound Care

  • 6


    • Post-Test

    • Safer Injection and Basic Wound Care Feedback

    • Safer Injection and Basic Wound Care Feedback

    • Conclusion


Rae Elkasabany

MaHRTI Coordinator

Rae Elkasabany graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Biology and Spanish. She has six years' experience working in direct outreach harm reduction, drug policy reform advocacy, and harm reduction education through the public health nonprofit DanceSafe. Rae has also worked as a science educator for over seven years before joining the Maryland Harm Reduction Training Institute in 2020. Her favorite harm reduction topics to discuss are drug pharmacology and drug checking.