A pill press is used to turn some given powder
into a pill
. They range in size from hand-held
single pill presses to industrial scale
presses that can turn out ten thousand pills an hour, or more. Because of the war on some drugs
, they are illegal
to own in the United States
Of course a press would be useless without binder to hold the pill together, filler to make the pill a manageable size, lubricant so the pill will come out of the press, food coloring to add visual appeal, and of course a drug of some kind (or some sugar to press candy). Another handy thing to have is a die on the ends of your compression rods so your pills can say Merck, Pfizer, or possibly Mitsubishi. Pharmaceutical grade presses can often coat their pills with a gelatin mixture to make them go down easier and taste better, and which can be printed on with edible ink.
A ghetto fabulous pill press can be made from:
Construction is left as an exercise
to the reader
All this writing about pill presses has reminded me of something I saw on a mailing list the other day. This conversation occured between two list members in Real Life, but was posted to the list with the names changed to protect the innocent.
e-tard: Happy birthday Tim.
Tim: A pill press?
Tim: A pill press?!? I don't even want a pill, let alone many pills which would necessitate an entire press! What the hell am I gonna do with a pill press?!?
e-tard: You know Tim, if you're not careful, you're gonna lose me someday.