In Hamilton more people who inject drugs are getting sick with bacteria called Group A Strep - or GAS as it is called.
GAS causes mild infections such as a sore throat and skin infections, but it also kills.
In the muscles it may cause flesh-eating disease and in the brain and joints it may cause meningitis.
Folks who inject drugs and who use alcohol and who are living with HIV, diabetes or cancer have a higher chance of getting sick with GAS.
You can get GAS by contact with the nose, throat or sores of an infected person with whom you are using.
Don't share items that touch your mouth like cigarettes, pipes, joints, filters, spacers water bottles, cups or utensils.
Do seek medical care when a sore is not healing or seems to be getting worse.
With courage, Hamilton Public Health is an Ontario leader in helping people who inject. Call or text to get in touch.
All services are confidential. (Tous les services sont disponible en francais.)
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