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Low dead space injecting equipment has less space between the needle and the plunger after injecting. Blood and drug remain in this space, so if equipment is shared the risk of spreading blood-borne viruses, such as HIV and hepatitis C, is higher when there’s more blood left in the equipment.
This animation explains low dead space equipment and the benefits of using it for people who inject drugs, to reduce the risk of spreading blood borne viruses.
The UK Government is consulting on proposed legislative amendments to widen access to take-home supplies of naloxone, without a prescription. Since the proposed changes to legislation would apply throughout the UK, they have made this consultation available in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.