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What is IVDU (intravenous drug use)?
IVDU, or intravenous drug use, refers to the practice of administering drugs directly into the bloodstream using a needle and syringe. This route of administration is associated with increased risks, such as the transmission of bloodborne infections like HIV and hepatitis C, as well as bacterial infections and damage to blood vessels.
Intravenous drug use has been a public health concern for decades, particularly in the context of the opioid epidemic. Harm reduction strategies, such as syringe service programs (SSPs) and safe injection sites, have been implemented to minimize the risks associated with IVDU.