Used properly, tourniquets raise veins and can be helpful for some when injecting. However, "a badly used tourniquet introduces many new risks and it would be safer not to use one at all rather than to use a bad tourniquet badly."For example, some guys don't like a needle and syringe 'flapping around' while they release the tourniquet which is why they release it after injecting. This is not advisable.
How to use a tourniquet | Injecting advice
Tourniquet | Wikipedia
A history of the tourniquet | David R Welling et al
Drug paraphernalia and UK law | Exchange Supplies
Safer injecting resource pack (pg 42) | KFX
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Section 9A of the Misuse of Drugs Act
Under Section 9A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, it is a criminal offence to supply or offer to supply articles for administering or preparing controlled drugs. The Act says an offence will be committed if the following circumstances exist:
- An article is supplied or offered to be supplied.
- The article may be used or adapted to be used (whether by itself or in combination with another article or articles) in the administration of a controlled drug.
- The person supplying or offering to supply the article did so in the belief that the article would be so used by any person, whether to administer the drug to themselves or another, in circumstances where that administration would be unlawful.
Articles such as crack pipes, grinders, spoons, bongs and tourniquets could fall within this prohibition. However, prosecutions under section 9A - even of headshops clearly promoting drug use - are now virtually unheard of, and there has never been an employee of a drug service tried for this offence.