Citation: Alley_Viper. "Intravenous Tablet Injection: An Experience with Morphine (exp78074)". Erowid.org. Mar 8, 2018. erowid.org/exp/78074
Intravenous (IV) injection of crushed pills/tablets can be very dangerous due to unknown substances, binders, and fillers present. Any substance injected directly into the blood stream should be very pure. Clean needles and medically appropriate techniques should be used to avoid serious injury or death.]
This is a report of my experience with intravenous injection of morphine sulfate tablets. I will start with the obvious warning: pills, whether tablet or capsule, are intended for enteral (oral) use. Attempting to bypass anti-abuse mechanisms built into tablets can be harmful or fatal. I have a professional background in medicine and spent roughly 5 years using/abusing liquid morphine sulfate intended for IV, IM and SC injection. My dose/effect judgements are based upon this experience.
I obtained 20 15mg morphine tablets, blue with 15 on one side and M on the other. These are timed release/anti-abuse tablets with wax binders combined with the MS. With no habit/tolerance this is enough for 4 light or 2 nice oral doses. In the past I have generally used 10-20mg IV for a good high, though when trying to stave off the sickness I would use whatever was available. The largest IV dose I have ever used was around 50mg, though my personal feeling is that at around 25-30mg the high plateaus and increasing dose simply wastes drug and risks overdose. I have never been frightened by MS and am less inclined to worry about exact dosing than with Hydro, Heroin or Fentanyl.
I started with 2 15mg tablets and used the 'cold water method'. I wiped off the coating, smashed the tablets, mixed with about 1.5 cc of cold water, stirred, let sit a minute, stirred, let sit, then drew through cotton (here I added another filtering by squirting into another spoon and refiltering through a new cotton), mixed the remaining goop with another a cc of water and repeated to get as much of the MS as possible. Note: I used 3 cc syringes; if insulin syringes are used the volume of H2O will need to be reduced. The wax binder makes it necessary to repeat the process a few times to get as much of the drug as possible while ending up with as clear a solution as possible. That said, this solution will have small particles in it and that is not good. I then cleaned an injection site with alcohol and injected intravenously. I would estimate the buzz as roughly that of 8-10mg of liquid MS.
I repeated the cold water method with 4 15mg tablets and found the high to be equally 'stunted'. In addition, I experienced some mild nausea which is unusual for me with MS.
I tried the 'warm water method' next. With 2 15mg tablets I removed the coating, smashed the tablets, mixed with water, stirred, let sit, then heated until just before boiling, then allowed to cool. While some wax did coagulate on the surface of the solution, just as much seemed to organize within the solution. I filtered through cotton, repeated the process with the remaining 'goop' and then injected. The effects were more subdued than with the cold water method. I have read reports that the heated wax actually traps more of the drug, rendering it inaccessible and I believe this may be the case. I also found that the solution was slightly harder to filter with this method.
Conclusion: The desire to stretch limited drug supplies and achieve that initial rush is the obvious motivation for injecting pills. However, the wax binders are relatively difficult to bypass; the wax ends up rendering at least some of the drug inaccessible and greatly elevates the risk of injecting material and causing injury. Also, morphine apparently has relatively low 'bioavailability' to begin with (I have not confirmed this) and losing any drug to the preparation process means even less makes it to those lovely receptor sites. At least if they are taken orally the maximum dose possible is metabolized. I found using the cold water method and focusing on stirring, allowing the drug to soak and filter, filter, filter! I always filter with clean (if not sterile) cotton and prep injection sites with alcohol and use clean needles.
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