How to Shoot Up
Here is a guide on how to shoot up water-soluble opiates. When I first started IVing, I got a quick how-to from the lady at the local needle exchange, a resource which I highly recommend using if you are new to IV use. This post is strictly intended for harm reduction.
- (1) 1CC 30gauge insulin syringe (obtained from my pharmacy, 10 for ~$4 USD)
- Cotton ball (or microfilter, which can obtained online or from a needle exchange)
- Drug of choice (today, we’ll be abusing 60MG of Roxycodone)
- Water (preferably filtered and/or distilled)
- Hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol
- Metal bottle cap or spoon (to prepare the mixture)
Start off by crushing up your drug of choice into as finite a powder as you can. You can still have some rocky chunks in there, it doesn’t have to be perfectly ground down. Push the powder into your spoon or cap.
Rip off a small piece of cotton from the cotton ball and roll it into a small ball.
You don’t want air in your syringe at all when you shoot up. Most syringes come with a pocket of air that you’ll need to push out before you can draw water in. On the left is the syringe as it comes out of the package and on the right is the syringe after I’ve eliminated the air pocket.
Now draw water into the syringe. Slowly pull up on the plunger until you’ve filled it to the fill mark. You may want to draw in a little more water if you can because most of it will get soaked up in the following steps.
Squirt the water into your cap or spoon until the powder absorbs it all.
Agitate the mixture to ensure that all of the powder and water-soluble oxycodone in the pill gets absorbed into the water. I like to wipe down the needle cover of the syringe with rubbing alcohol to sterilize it and use its butt-end to agitate the mixture until I’m left with something that looks like this:
Drop the cotton ball into the mixture. It will most likely become a little deformed upon absorption. That’s OK. Its primary purpose is to serve as a filter that stops fillers and other non-good-stuff from getting into your syringe. Insert the tip of the syringe into the cotton and slowly draw up the plunger.
If you’ve done everything correctly, your syringe should be filled up with the aqueous mixture. Get rid of any air bubbles (note the tip of mine) by holding the syringe upright and flicking/tapping the syringe until the air rises to the top. Push the plunger in until the air is dispersed through the needle and a slight amount of liquid comes out.
Locate a good vein on your body to use. You might need to use a tourniquet if you don’t have veins that are easily accessible. Fortunately for me, mine are easy to see since I’m as pale as a fish out of water. For those not as lucky, tightly apply the tourniquet or a belt and tap the appendage you’ll be using to expose the veins. Do NOT shoot up anything before removing the tourniquet.
I have some pretty visible tracks and scars on my inner elbow as you can see from doing this. Rub the vein with rubbing alcohol to sterilize the area.
Run the needle parallel to the vein you’ll be using and slowly insert the head of the needle (with the opening pointed down toward your skin) into the vein. If you do it slowly, you will feel two distinct pricks. The first is the needle piercing your skin and the second is it piercing the vein.
Draw up on the plunger of the syringe once you think you’ve hit the vein to confirm that you have. If you’ve done it correctly, a plume of blood will rush into the syringe, at which point you’re ready for lift-off. Slowly push the plunger down to administer the solution. Slowly pull it out once you’re done, set everything aside, lay down and count to 10. By 7, you should be feeling the inevitable rush and by 10, you’ll be feeling, simply put, amazing.
This is not perfect, but this method has kept me infection-free during all my years of use. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t attempt this if you need to share the needle with someone else. Be responsible and dispose of your “sharps” in a plastic sharps container or by returning them to your local needle exchange.