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Filtering and injecting morphine…
September 24, 2009, 9:25 am
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The Network Against Prohibition, an Australian user group, has an excellent page at their website about how to safely prepare morphine pills (MS Contin) for injection.

Filtering Morphine for Injection

Very similar info can be found at the Safer Injecting website on two separate pages there: Injecting MS Contin and Wheel Filters for Injectors


Unfortunately it is rare to find a needle exchange in Canada or the US which provide syringe filters such as the Sterifilt or even better, wheel filters, for harm reduction provision to injectors.

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What is the BEST way to prepare the blue 15mg morpine tablets for injection?

Comment by Kevin

I’m assuming you mean the MS Contin 15 mg blue tablets? In Canada they are green, but in the U.S. they are blue.

The “best” way is different for lots of people, however I’ve often prepared pills for people and they report favourably that it felt about double powerful than how they normally cook them up. Taking time to prepare a hit carefully and thoroughly makes a great deal of difference in terms of how much morphine actually ends up in the syringe to inject.

Always get the colouring off the tablet. Once decent way is to use an alcohol wipe (provided by most needle exchanges) and simply roll the tabs within it until it removes all the colour coating. I even use a very pointed pin to then pick out the colour coating which may remain within the imprinted M, PF, and 15.

Once you have removed the coloured coating, then you need to crush the pill. The better you crush it, the more morphine you will ultimately extract. Some people suggest heating the pill prior to crushing (“crisping”). I don’t. I believe that can needlessly release (waste) morphine prior to it being within the solution you’re going to inject.

To crush a pill, follow the pestle / mortar concept. There’s a reason why pharmacists used such a method to make preparations, and the reason is that one can crush into a very fine powder, provided one takes their times and works diligently.

However, rather than using an actual pestle and mortar, you can create a very similar tool with a soup spoon and a knife’s well-rounded butt end. You want a spoon which has a gently curved (bowl like) spoon end and a knife’s butt end which has a similar gentle slightly flat curve. So when put together, the surface of each comes together fully. As such, the knife is like the mortar and the spoon serves as the pestle.

What you’re concerned with in terms of the knife is its handle. Check out various knife sets for preparing vegetables or cutting meat. You’ll want one of the smaller knifes, since ultimately you want its butt end to fit well within the circumference of your soup spoon.

The finer you crush the pill into a powder, they easier the morphine will immediately be released into the water when you go to cook it in your spoon.

If you are using a 1 cc syringe, then you will want to use enough water the first time you heat it to return about half a syringe’s worth of morphine liquid. Then add more water, heat again, and fill the remainder of the syringe, without leaving any liquid in the spoon.

Normally, about 100 ml of water for the first cook, will return about 50 ml of morphine liquid. For the second cook, you only need about 65 ml of water to get another 50 ml liquid because the gunk in the spoon is already wet and thus doesn’t absorb so much of the water you add.

I suggest using a candle because in a wind-free environment a candle can be used in a very controlled manner. You can raise of lower the spoon, and move it from side to side, or end to end, getting the point of heat exactly where you want it.

As well, candles are easy to carry with you when you are travelling. Also, they are environmentally better than using a stove and consuming gas or electricity. Cheaper too – they won’t much run up your energy bill. Grab a box of 20 8-inch candles from Walmart for about 5 bucks and depending on your frequency of preparation, they will last you quite some time.

Watch for little bubbles beginning to form of the metal surface of the spoon, underneath the morphine powder as that’s where the hottest point is. Keep moving that point around until every little bit and tiny chunk of morphine powder above it is thoroughly melted into the liquid. At that point, allow it to boil a bit right in the middle, clearing the surface to a clear area.

Remove from heat, and use the point end of a syringe (not the one you’ll fill) to peel back the mixture on the surface to one side of the spoon. Once you have a large cleared area with no little bits of gunk it, then put your cotton in the middle, and lightly press the tip of the syringe you’re going to fill onto it and gently pull back on the plunger.

Fill the syringe with every drop of liquid you can, then clear it of all bubbles. Now repeat the cooking, using only enough water that you think will be needed to fill the remainder of your syringe with nothing left over. Add only about 15-20 ml more water than whatever amount you have remaining to fill in the syringe.

Crush down the morphine gunk with the plunger end of a syringe, flatting it out within the spoon, down to the thinnest layer possible, ensuring you break-up and release any little chunks of morphine within the powder that its trapped within. Make sure the cotton is pushed to the side, entirely out of the liquid. Heat it again, and watch the gunk change colour as it heats. Once the liquid is boiling slightly again, then remove from heat, again push the gunk aside, and return the cotton to the middle of the liquid and try to draw it all into your syringe.

The photos here pretty well illustrate the procedure. Note that the write-up suggests not needing to use a cotton. I think a pretty good argument is made. However, you need to decide for yourself whether you want to use a cotton, or skip it by preparing and cooking as carefully and dirty-free as possible.

Comment by opiAted

how many morphine shoot 100 mg. ok? or is low….
I’m addicted.heroina,methadone ,oxycodone ( eat never shoot or snort)Morphine 30,60mg

Comment by Luis

Morphine 100 mg is equal to about one point of pure heroin. Ten morphine 100 mg equal to one gram of pure heroin.

But keep in mind the morphine is pure pharmaceutical, and street heroin is not. So if you do a point of street heroin, then you will find 100 mg of morphine certainly more than adequate. In fact, maybe about equal because you won’t get all 100 mg extracted from the morphine pill, so you lose its strength just like the cut in heroin makes a point of the street not a real point.

BTW, 100 mg morphine is stronger than an oxycontin 80 in terms of actual dope in it. It might not feel the same in terms of “rush” or “buzz” but in terms of the amount of opiate the 100 mg morphine is greater.

Here’s a suggested way to prepare morphine: Cooking morphine Keep in mind, if you have the real MS Contin pills then you can skip the filter, however if you have other generic 100 mg morphine pills you should use a filter.

Comment by opiAted

if you’re heating it anyway, is there any reason not to put the whole peeled pill in water and heat it so that crushing it is 100x easier? I used to always pre-crush my pills till I saw people doing the boil method in Ottawa. works great with oxy, though I’ve done it with ms contin too.

I don’t use anymore, but for those who do the Essilon capsules are so much better than ms contin. Essilons break up far easier with less gunk, though I’ve only ever seen them in Ottawa (where they were common a couple of years ago).

Comment by Sinner

how do you inject liquid morhine— need base like vitamin C or vinegar?

Comment by Steven

i see most of u are based in the states, im in Australia. I’ve been on all types of Morphine tablets from the ms contin, oxycontin, 100mg Kapanol, 20mg Oxynorm, 5mg Endone & 5mg Valium (OXY, END & VAL= Fast Active.) then i was on the 75 & then the 100mcg Fentynal patches & Im Know on JURNISTA- 32Mg & 8Mg. All these meds are opiode Based, so does the same princible apply with ALL these meds??? (cutting down for either IV or even turn it 2 street Based H… does anybody no which tablets would be the best to use??? i no that the jurnista 32Mg acually =180MG Morphine, (there 1 of the strongest morphines out on the MARKET)… SAny help would be bloody graet…

Comment by kcstriker

Will a MS 15 be too much for a first timer? I’ve eaten 2 or 3 at a time before but wondering if a 15 would suffice for first time inject? I’m no amature with a needle Ive cooked and done amphetamines and speed but want to do this 15.

Comment by Joe Tulanowski

hey Joe Tulanowski yes id even try 30 cuz you aren’t actually exactly getting the whole 30 when u draw it up in the rig, you actually get between 20 and 25. be safe tho make sure you are in a vein because if you miss it really really hurts.

Comment by joe

im just wondering what is the best way for crushing, turning into liquid and drawing up 15 mg MS CONTINS THE BLUE ONES???

Comment by joe

seems like a whole lotta work, and from what I hear, its hard to do just rite. and I get a beautiful hi just chewin em up.. looks to me like you gotta cook it 3x’s and for a die hard shooter that may be do- able but for the beginner- I say chew it up or plug it or your gonna waste it. I’m a die hard shooter and it aint no where as easy as it sounds guys,,, save the shootin for stuff MEANT to shoot… moriphine is great when injected, but I wouldnt do it @ home unless its already in liquid form but my opinion is 1in millions.. good luck guys… and just for shits and giggles,,, the feeling is NOT the same as good ol’ faithful,,,,,, lisa.

Comment by lisa

what is the difference between morphine 15mg tablets and a 1mg morphine injection i was told the morphine shot is actually stronger even tho im taking more mg in tablet why is this?>

Comment by james

I never see the “Peelers” anymore up here [Canada] – it is all M Eslon – the beads in caps. SWIM says they cook easier than Peelers, SWIM says just keep the heat on a little while filtering/sucking up into rig.

SWIM says a litte heat won’t hurt Auntie M, SWIM never noticed that it did.

Comment by dcapit8

Liquid morphine is weak IMHO. When I did use many years ago, I came across a little brown jar of liquid morphine but it was meant to be taken orally. Well in my ignorance I decided to fill up a bunch of 0.5ml syringes and muscle one. I did feel a little buzz with no stinging sensation, so I decided to do a few more. Well long story short, it took about 50 full 0.5ml syringes to use up the entire bottle and I did feel loaded but not near as loaded as with “other” things.

Maybe because it was oral morphine? It was in a little brown bottle with 10mg of Morphine per 1ml if Im not mistaken.

Lets be clear, I dont use anymore and do not condone the use of any illegal drugs. Just to make that clear. I do legal drugs now like methadone.

Comment by blazeaglory

Can 10mg methadone pills be prepared the same way? I’m on a 50mg daily dose of liquid methadone but I’m on vacation right now and had to go get a doc to prescribe me them because there is nowhere to courtesy dose on Kauai. Is it even worth trying to shoot these? Any advice at all would be great.

Comment by Justin

I dont have a filter so if i wanted to inject methodone wat do i do

Comment by christina

I could never get the 10mg methadone pills to liquefy like other pills. Not really worth it

Comment by blazeaglory

What about the 30’s?

Comment by joe

30’s? Are those the big round ‘methadose’ pills? If so, those are 40mg. If not, I dont know. They are always way to gritty and would not make it through the syringe. I dont know how they would react in the vein either. I wouldnt risk it. I dont recommend it.

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