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Fine, precise,

a powerful vice.

I draw up blood, thin crimson penned;

Yet with never a wound can I contend.

Under careful conditions am I used,

although on occasion I've been abused.

Many an ache have I helped ease;

I have even aided the diseased.

I have helped many people escape;

yet I imbue no movement.

Who am I?


This is my first time on the Puzzling Stack Exchange. Feel free to give comments or criticisms, I love to hear it.

This is also my first riddle, and I'm worried it may be pretty easy. A line by line breakdown on how your answer fits is welcome!

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This seems a little on-the-nose, but is it

a needle? (i.e., a syringe)

Fine, precise,

needles are marked for measurement, usually fine measurement

a powerful vice.

they can contain powerful drugs, the use of which is known as a "vice"

I draw up blood, thin crimson penned;

well, drawing up blood is one thing that needles are known to do

Yet with never a wound can I contend.

a needle will ... probably? ... not release as much blood as an open wound would

Under careful conditions am I used,

doctors and nurses try to be careful when using needles

although on occasion I've been abused.

as mentioned above, needles can be used to inject drugs. in some cases this is called "drug abuse"

Many an ache have I helped ease;

opioid narcotics (the legal kind and the illegal kind), for one example, are administered with needles

I have even aided the diseased.

as noted above, needles can be used to inject substances for medicinal purposes

I have helped many people escape;

"escape" is being used in the mental/emotional sense here - drugs administered with needles can provide an escape from reality

yet I imbue no movement.

the needle itself does not propel anyone forward (or in any other direction), per se

I really feel like I'm missing something about this one

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  • $\begingroup$ This is exactly what I was looking for! +1 for prompt and good answer! $\endgroup$ – Quiquȅ Dec 12 '15 at 3:15

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