Tina and the body
The liver is the body's largest internal organ. Along with
the kidneys, the liver clears the blood of drugs and poisons
that might otherwise build up in the body. The liver breaks
Tina down into simpler chemicals so they can be excreted.
Each time blood circulates through the liver, it breaks down
more of the drug. Tina competes with other drugs including
HIV meds to get broken down in the liver.
• Sometimes the liver cannot break down an overload
of toxic substances that can build up in the bloodstream when
we use. This leads to dangerous drug interactions and stimulant
overdose (SOD). SOD can mean a sudden and dangerous increase
in blood pressure causing a severe lack of oxygen and blood
to the brain. Body temperature can go up to dangerous levels.
Sweating (which cools the body down) sometimes does not happen
in SOD. User could see spots (due to pressure on the nerves
in the eye) or pass out. Chances of heart attack, stroke,
or coma go up.
• Liver stress caused by Tina and other drug use can
make it difficult to process medications effectively.
• Hepatitis C virus (HCV) stresses the liver further.
• Get tested for Hepatitis A, B, and C to determine
• Get vaccinated for HAV and HBV if you haven’t
already been exposed to the viruses.
• Get informed about HCV and how to reduce the risks.
(Read more about HCV here)
• Get tested regularly for HCV.
• Use less and less often if you are vulnerable.