It is kinda funny that the yellow sign is hanging just above a “Dont tread on me,” one.
Either way, I appreciate any reminder from people in recovery because there are plenty of people NOT in recovery that wont say a word and might go digging through your purse, given the chance. I dont know about you, but I have a lot of sharps in my purse, including uncapped lancets, which I would rather not have anyone poke themselves with on their way to acquiring syringes. Its a good reminder not to reuse syringes and lancets once you’ve “announced” yourself as a diabetic by taking a shot in public. It is what it is, but I’m trying to be more careful.
I am aware that syringes change hands…sometimes people ask directly, sometimes they don’t. I have had people ask me for syringes. I have had them taken without my knowledge…only for people to admit to it later. It has probably happened more than the two times I am aware of. I feel obligated to remind people that there is a self preservation side to keeping that stuff discrete because you just don’t know what you don’t know.
You do not always know who the addicts are. You don’t always know who’s in recovery and might slip up. But, trust me - there are far more people in recovery or active drug users than there are insulin injecting diabetics…especially today. I wonder if people are sometimes saying this because they might know something you dont: