"gellies" were responsible for a huge amount of death and limb amputation in certain estates of Scotland in the late 80's/ early 90's (esp the Muirhouse Estate, I seem to remember reading). At one point, they were the most widely abused drug
in Scotland. The temazepam tablets were made out of this gel-type substance to discourage injection. But (as ever) users found a way round it: heat it up really hot, suck it up into a pin, and slam it in a vein as quick as possible, before it cools and solidifies. Great stuff - except it starts to re-congeal in your veins instead, leading to very rapid vein loss and abscesses. And so people move to their groin (femoral) vein, hit it up there, which is easier to begin with, as you can use a thicker needle and so it doesn't block as easily. But then you get a deep vein thrombosis in your leg, and either it develops into gangrene, and ends up getting amputated, or (if you're unlucky) you die from a piece of the clot breaking off and ending up in your heart and/or lungs. These little yellow eggs caused a lot of pain and suffering. Great idea of the part of the pharmaceutical companies that, isn't it? Instead of making something impossible to inject, they make it deadly to inject in an attempt to discourage IV use. Anyway, as Picass035 stated, they are no longer available in this form, thank god.
But this rather depressing (and slightly off topic) anecdote does make swim
think of all the other "gel-type" substances that people find ingenious ways of breaking down in order to inject. Do they re-congeal after injection, forming blockages in veins? As far as swim knows, there hasn't been another "epidemic" of the temazepam sort, but would we hear about it if there was...?
I know it's been said before, but I feel the need to say it again - injecting pills is extremely
damaging to ones body, and dangerous to ones health. Please think hard and research well before partaking in this activity.