Drug users are teaching medical students:

For instance, in a recent seminar, Dr. Kunins mentioned that crack smokers face an increased risk of hepatitis C from sharing pipes.

Ms. Westcott explained: “Say if you’re in a hurry to get that hit. The glass might pop and you cut the skin, or you burn your mouth because the stem is too short.”

A crack binge, she added, often results in scorches on smokers’ thumbs, from use of cheap lighters.

One intern, Dr. Alexander Han, said he was clueless about such things “” despite having treated many substance abusers in his first months of practice.

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