A lady who recently wrote to me mentioned that she was a Dilaudid injector. This stirred up two strong emotions, namely, 1.) what a great drug Dilaudid can be and 2.) that I sincerely hoped she used a micron wheel filter while preparing her shots. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t remember the days of cooking up pills without a micron filter and throwing caution (or, my health really) to the wind. But an older and wiser me now cringes at the thought of putting raw pill filler up my arm, thank goodness. And I hope it does you guy as well! But, if you haven’t reached that point in your opiate injecting career yet, or the thought of injecting heroin is still off-putting, but your playing around with the idea of injecting pills, then let me give you a few pointers that could significantly reduce your risk potential and possibly save you much injection related harm.
The primary purpose of a micron filter is to remove any binders or fillers that are used in the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals. These can build up in your veins over time and lead to serious, life threatening illnesses. This is not to say that all drugs can be filtered through a micron filter for injection use however. Drugs like reformulated Oxycontin, Ritalin (which has talcosis) and almost all Extended Release pills should not be injected at any cost. The stuff they use to keep the active ingredient (which is usually what you’re trying to get at) releasing over extended periods of time, not to mention the stuff they put in to stop people specifically from mainlining the drugs, can be extremely dangerous and could lead to immediate death, infection, organ failure or a number of other undesirably consequences. But for those intent on injecting pills, there are no shortage of ones to be found. Roxicodone, Dilaudid, Subutex, Morphine – they can all be successfully injected.
So, what do you need to filter as much of the undesirables out of pharmaceutical pills as possible? (because dissolving it in water and sucking it through a cotton just won’t cut it.) That’s where a micron – or wheel – filter, comes in handy. It might sound a bit intimidating, but it’s actually quite an easy process. You just have to have the right equipment. All of which can be easily sourced online without any special paperwork.
1.) 1 sterile, 0.2 µm, 25Mm, PVDF, micron wheel filter (They sell them online in disposable and in glass for between $10 and $40. No need for the fancy glass kind.) 0.2 µm is the pore size of filter and 25Mm is the size of the filter (how much surface area is to be passed through).
3.) 1 Luer-Lock tip needle to match (any gauge you like)
4.) Isopropyl alcohol
5.) Sterile water or bacteriostatic water
6.) Sterile container or pre-sealed vial for storing your product
7.) Pills of your choice for injecting
A couple notes for clarification before we proceed. Although you can use micron filters for single use doses, one micron filter can filter enough product for about 2 weeks. So you can prep and store your product up to two weeks in advance. That’s where the bacteriostatic water comes in. If you are prepping a shot for immediate use, sterile water is fine. But if you are going to store your product for even a day you want to use bacteriostatic water. It contains .09% benzyl alcohol, which will help keep your product sterile for extended periods of time. Again, all of these supplies can be easily purchased online at a medical supply store, no questions asked and on a very affordable budget. I would estimate if you were to purchase everything here from an online store it would cost you between $20-$25, depending on their shipping fees. And much of it would come in bulk.
Okay, on to the process…
1.) Start by crushing the pills into as fine a powder as you can make. If the pills are extremely water soluble and breakdown easily, you may be able to skip this step and just put them directly into the back of the syringe, especially if you’re using a syringe with a larger chamber. In this case, after you’ve inserted the pills, simply draw up enough water to keep the consistency fine and shake the syringe until the pills have dissolved.
2.) Remove the needle tip and replace it with a micron filter. Add a little water to a clean syringes Attach the syringe to one end of the filter. Push the water through the filter, ensuring it’s a bit wet before pushing your actual drug through the wheel. This will help ensure none of your drugs get stuck in the wheel and that everything possible is flushed through the filter during the final rinse.
3. Remove the syringe and replace it with the the syringe filled with the drugs. Or add the finely crushed drugs the your current syringe. If you are storing your product for future use, place a syringe tip on the other end of the micron filter.
3.) Clean the top of the vial with isopropyl alcohol to sterilize it.
4.) Insert the needle tip into the rubber top of the pre-sealed vial and press down on the plunger, forcing the product through the micron filter and into glass vial, being careful not to apply too much pressure and risking the chance of blowing one of the tips off.
* Additionally, you can simple plunge the product through the micron filter (with or without syringe tip) into a clean cooker for immediate injection. In this case, you would then use the syringe with the regular needle tip reattached to suck the product back up, transfer it into the back of your fresh injection syringe and replace the plunger. You are done and ready for injection!
5.) Remove the needle from the vial and store all your products in a safe manner that’s in accordance to your local syringe laws (preferably for drop off at your needle exchange) and discard the used micron filter.
- You can then suck up, transfer and inject your solution like you would any other substance.
Remember, while micron filters are great for filtering pills that don’t have a lot of fillers, some pills are still unacceptable for filtration. If you are unsure, just ask me. I’ll be happy to tell you. I would add, never try to filter anything that you would normally do a cold water extraction on to the list of pills I mentioned above. Anything that includes Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not worth the risk. In addition, micron filters DO NOT filter virus, so the risk of spreading Hep C and AIDS remains just as strong. DO NOT SHARE NEEDLES UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! Hey, it’s the first rule of injection drug use and needs to be repeated frequently 🙂
Here is a diagram on exactly how a wheel filter works, there are other types of filters on the market, most notably, Sterifit. There are even syringes with micron filters built into them, but more pen shaped (only available in hospitals). But this is the best, most widely available, efficient and cost affordable product on the market, hands down.
That concludes this edition of Ask a Junky! Please feel free to leave any questions or comments in the comments section below, use the question form in the Ask a Junky section above, or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org!