Shaking the syringe will make the particles blocking the needle move but these particles will still be delivered to the bloodstream at some point during the injection or if SWIY is lucky they will block the needle again. Cooking the needle to dissolve cuts itís a really bad idea as it will dissolve the cut or blood blocking the needle but solid particles will start to form again within seconds of removing the heat but may give enough time to slam the shot. In any case there is a serious risk of embolism. SWIM
has been there for forcing through coagulating blood and its not fucking fun which is another good reason why needles should never be used more than once.
This risk (and every other one associated with slamming cocaine
) tends to be completely ignored by users; SWIM knows very well that once hooked on the needle nothing matters compared to getting that shot but still SWIY must force himself/herself to do it the safest way possible; there is really no need (or room) for extra dangers when slamming cocaine.
Tips on preventing and dealing with clogged needles:
Never cook cocaine hydrochloride; anything that doesnít dissolve in 0.5ml of water at 20c within 10 seconds is not cocaine and the only exception is when dissolving rocky (compressed) cocaine which will take longer to fully dissolve.
Both for powder and crack
the solution must be filtered as best as possible and it must not contain any visible particles otherwise have another mixing spoon and empty the contents of the ďtaintedĒ solution, clean the syringe with water a few times if itís not possible to use a new one and re-filter the solution into the syringe using a new filter.
Do not re-use syringes/needles, especially if SWIY has successfully registered with it as the presence of blood increases the risk of solids forming; if reuse cannot be avoided learn how to thoroughly clean a used syringe and it must be done quickly after use. The use of crack or highly cut powder is associated with rapid build-up of particulate content in the needle which will block it quickly.
The best method to unclog and clean a syringe/needle is using a solution of almost boiling water with sodium hypochlorite (commonly known as bleach); once the solution is inside the syringe it should be shaken vigorously for a couple of minutes and the solution discarded, when the needle is completely blocked indirectly warming it by submerging it in water and heating the water until the blockage dissolves and then strongly pushing hot bleach through the needle its only way to really clean it with any safety; if the needle unclogs the syringe should be rinsed many times, then several more times with clean water, allowed to cool down and re-used.
Directly heating the needle is a bad idea as it leads to structural instability (it will break easily) and will blunt the tip. The mentioned issue of vein valves is almost never a problem for a real junkie; if SWIY canít register just try again 1cm upstream just in case a valve was hit (hitting valves is bad and helps losing veins).