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Needles 

18 & 19 gauge x 1.5 Inch

Drawing up needle. Used for steroids, methadone or other drug solution. Can also used to transfer a drug solution from one barrel to another.

21 gauge x 1.5 Inch

Largest size needle for intramuscular injection. 

23 gauge x 1.25 Inch 

Intramuscular injecting. Used for PIED’s (Performance & Image Enhancing Drugs) i.e. Human Growth Hormone, Steroids. 

25 gauge x 5/8 Inch

Intravenous injecting of pills or other drug solutions that should be filtered further. Also used to inject filtered drug solutions quicker than thinner gauge needle tips i.e. 26g & 27g.

26 gauge x ½ Inch

Intravenous injecting or skin popping of heroin, methadone, filtered pills or other filtered drug solutions.  

27 gauge ½ Inch    

Intravenous injecting or skin popping of powder drugs such as heroin, amphetamines, filtered pills or other drugs easily dissolvable into a solution. 

 

Syringes

1 ml, 27 or 29 gauge needle connected 

Intravenous injecting or skin popping of powder drugs such as heroin, amphetamines, or other drugs easily dissolvable into a solution. Generally used for insulin. Can be used in fine veins. NOT FOR intramuscular injection (steroids) or deep vein injecting. 

3 ml barrels

For 1-3ml of steroids, solutions of powder drugs (amphetamines, heroin or cocaine) needing more water to dissolve or filtered pills (eg. MS Contin).

5ml barrels

Usually pills which are crushed in a spoon then filtered and injected. Also used for larger amounts of steroids or powder drugs and small amounts of methadone.

10 & 20 ml barrels

Usually methadone or other drugs requiring large amounts of solution to be injected (eg. numerous pills).

Luer Lock & Luer Slip barrels

Luer Lock barrels hold the needle tip in place by physically screwing it onto the barrel (to the lock point), whereas Luer Slip barrels hold the needle tip in place by physically pushing it onto the barrel. We only have 3ml & 5ml Luer Slip barrels, all others are Luer Lock. 

 

Butterfly or Winged Infusion set

25g x 3/4 Inch needle connected to 12 Inch long tube

Used in conjunction with interchangeable Luer Lock barrels for injecting large amounts of methadone or other drugs requiring large amounts of solution to be injected (eg. numerous pills). Also used where injection site is scarred, there is difficulty finding a vein or using standard needle & barrel set up.

 

Filters

Sterile cotton wool

A barrel (or 1ml syringe) is used to suck a drug solution through a small rolled piece of sterile cotton wool to filter out any foreign material. 

0.2 µm x 26mm wheel filter

A Blue wheel filter is used to filter out bacteria from a drug solution.

0.8 µm x 26mm wheel filter

A Green wheel filter is used to filter out any foreign particles (such as chalk) larger than 0.8 microns from a drug solution.

 

Additional Equipment

  • Sterile water    ...is used (instead of tap water) to mix a drug to make an injectable solution.

  • Medi-Swabs    ...are used to clean the injection site prior to injecting.

  • Sharps containers    ...are used to contain all used injecting equipment. They are then sealed and taken to the NSP for disposal.

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