The thread title was originally '(how to) properly prepare black tar heroin for IM injection' and I changed it because most would assert that there *is* no proper or safe way to use BTH IM. Anyone considering using this ROA for BTH please read the responses below first and beware of the numerous, severe and potentially fatal risks.
Of course, before I begin, I should note that IM injection of BTH is not at all ideal. It is in no way safer than other ROAs. I am simply making this post because it has been my recent ROA of choice, and there appears to be little guidance out there about how to do this safely. You will see that the process is not as simple as IV prep. (You will see that this especially rings true in step 8.)
Anything that is optional is italicized and the main points are underlined. Important terms and ideas are in bold. Step numbers that are in bold are bolded because they are absolutely crucial. You should not skip any steps or deviate from the procedure, but if you do in any way shape or form then don't deviate from the steps whose numbers are in bold. They are a bare minimum standard for safety.
It is extremely recommended that you do not ignore the italicized and non-underlined portions and read them with the same concern that you do the rest of the thread. I have only underlined and non-italicized the "general idea" portions so that they can serve as an "outline" for someone who is repeating the procedure after having done it carefully one or two times so that they can just read the small terms to refresh their memory.
When the term "units" is used, I am referring to U-100 insulin units. 100 units = 1 mL = 1 cc.
- One or two 100 unit, 1/2" insulin syringes. (50 units may be acceptable, but 30 units is definitely not. More than 100 units is fine too. 1/2" is a minimum figure. Ideally, IM injections are done with 1-1/2" syringes, but I personally don't have access to them and have had no problem with 1/2" insulin syringes)
- Spoon or cooker
- Clean water
- Rubbing alcohol, alcohol swabs, or both
- Cotton pads to apply alcohol (strongly suggested if you can't get alcohol swabs. Really, you should have both because swabs are easier to use to sanitize skin, and cotton pads soaked in alcohol are easier to use to sanitize and dry the spoon or cooker)
- Q-tip or micron filter
- Hand sanitizer or soap
- Something to cut off pieces of tar. (Be careful to not use any metal that has rusted. I have had the typical "druggie" straight razors rust over because of tar residue)
- A place to discard waste water (I personally just use the floor seeing how only a few ccs of water are discarded and my carpet is dark)
- A clean, sanitary surface that things like q-tips can be put on
0. Clean the spoon or cooker with alcohol. This is step 0 because you shouldn't even think about starting without doing this. You should also use hand sanitizer or soap and hot water to clean your hands if possible.
1. Place the tar in the spoon or cooker and mix it with water. I use 20-40 units depending on how much I'm using, but I get very clean tar and my tolerance isn't as large as many other people.
2. Apply heat to the tar just until you see it begin to melt in the water. Do not boil.
3. Stir the tar using the back of the syringe plunger or a toothpick to and break it into smaller pieces. This should result in tens of little pieces of tar floating in the water. Using a toothpick is obviously less sanitary, but I prefer it because it doesn't collect tar like the back of the plunger does and I feel as though it handles better.
4. Apply heat again until you see the pieces become smaller. Once again, do not boil.
5. Stir the tar again.
6. Apply heat slowly. You should first see the pieces shrink completely leaving grit at the bottom of the spoon or cooker and then bring the solution to a boil.
7. Filter the solution
7a. Rip off a piece of a q-tip, wet it, and roll it into a tight ball. Drop the ball into the solution and slowly draw it up, placing the bevel of the syringe on top of the cotton ball and not allowing it to draw up the raw solution.
7b. If you have access to micron filters, prepare the micron filter by drawing water through it and discarding the water. Then draw the solution up through the micron filter. I personally don't have access to them, so I am not completely familiar with their use.
8. Draw up 5-20 units of fresh water after filtering the solution. This step is crucial. Whether this happens instantly or over time, you will see several small particles come out of the solution and collect in the syringe barrel. The addition of fresh, cold/room-temperature water decreases the temperature of the solution, forcing the insoluble particles out (this effect can be explained both by the relationship between temperature and the effect of throwing fresh water on an emulsion).
9. Let the syringe sit for a little bit regardless of whether or not the particles come out instantly.
If you want something to do to occupy yourself while the heroin sits, or you want to conserve the leftovers from boiling which you should see on the spoon or cooker as a layer of brown resin, use a separate syringe to add water to the spoon or cooker. Using your plunger or toothpick, scrape the ends of the spoon and slowly heat the water until it boils. Then using the same filter from step 7, draw up the solution. You can now squirt this solution up your nose to not waste anything in the spoon. DO NOT, however, use this solution for IM injection. Anything that was left in the spoon or cooker is most likely not water soluble and should not be going into your muscle.
10. Clean the spoon or cooker with alcohol.
11. Discard the filter used in step 7.
12. Empty the contents of the syringe into the spoon. You should see a murky suspension.
13. Clean the syringe, emptying the contents anywhere but the spoon or cooker. (This is stuff you don't want in your body!)
13a. (3x) Draw up 20 units of water and move the plunger up and down the full length that was used earlier in order to catch any particles.
13b. (3x) In order to ensure that there are no particles caught in the needle of the syringe, draw up 50-100 units and apply strong force while emptying the syringe. The goal is to not have even one single undissolved particle in the syringe.
14. Filter the solution again just as you did in step 7.
15. Look in your syringe. You should see a translucent, completely particle-free, iced tea-colored solution.
15a. If the solution doesn't look like it's supposed to, repeat the process again from step 8 (skipping the optional step) until the solution looks like this. By "what it's supposed to," I mean exactly as described in step 14. Completely clear.
16. Swab the injection site with rubbing alcohol and sanitize your hands again with rubbing alcohol or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you used soap in step 0, then clean your fingers with, then use alcohol instead of soaping and washing your hands. The alcohol will work better.
17. Enter the injection site. I personally use my upper arms. The further up the better. Wherever you enter, enter completely perpendicular to the site (90 degree angle).
18. Inject 10 units of the solution to get a feel for it (but still keep the needle in). If you feel a strong burn or pain, then the solution is not clean enough and you must filter it more. A small amount of pain is normal. You will definitely know if it's hurting too much. It is also a good idea to not inject into the site that you just felt pain it.
19. Remove the needle slowly. Have an alcohol pad ready for if a few drops of blood drip out (which is not extremely common, but definitely not abnormal.
20. Pay attention to your body. If you begin to feel a worsening pain, don't worry too much. If the pain subsides within an hour, you should be fine. If it doesn't (or you begin to see a change in skin color or other signs that something is clearly wrong), then you have cause to worry.