Wednesday May 4th 2016

Trusted Helpline
Help Available 24/7
1-888-882-1456
PRIVACY
GUARANTEED

Heroin overdose: How much amount of heroin to OD?

Here, we review symptoms of heroin overdose, how cases of OD happen, their manifestations and the death rate related to heroin use. If you have any more questions after reading the article, please feel free to leave them at the end. We do our best to respond to each legitimate questions personally and promptly.

How does unintentional heroin overdose happen?

Most fatal cases of drug overdose in the U.S. result from drug poisoning. Drug poisoning occurs when a person’s exposure to a natural or man made substance has an undesirable effect, regardless of whether the substance is an illegal, prescription, or over-the-counter drug. However, poisoning can be classified as either suicide, homicide and unintentional.

Unintentional heroin poisoning, also known as “accidental overdose”, includes heroin overdoses resulting from the drug misuse, drug abuse, and taking too much of a drug while taking other drugs (for medical or recreational reasons).  This can be brought about through nasal administration of heroin, injecting heroin, or mixing alcohol and heroin.  For example, when you snort heroin, you deliver high doses of the narcotic opiate almost instantly to the bloodstream, and it crosses the blood-brain barrier. Breathing and heart rate can slow, leading to coma or death as a result.

Heroin overdose – How much is too much?

Because significant tolerance to respiratory depression develops quickly with continued use and is lost just as quickly during withdrawal, it is often difficult to determine whether a heroin lethal overdose was unintentional, suicide or homicide. Some sources quote the lethal dose, for an average 170lbs opiate-naive individual is between 75 and 375 mg, again depending on the route of administration. Depending on drug interactions and numerous other factors, death from overdose can take anywhere from several minutes to several hours.

However, illicit heroin, sold on the street under the names “junk”, “smack” or “skag” is of widely varying and unpredictable purity. The average purity of street heroin varies between 11% and 72% depending on the demographic region. On the other hand, heroin that has been seized at the border has purity levels many higher. This variation has led to users suffering from overdoses as a result of the heroin missing a stage on its journey from port to end user, where are added further adulterants and the strength of the drug reduces. This means that the user may prepare what they consider to be a moderate dose while actually taking far more than intended.

Additionally, tolerance typically decreases after a period of abstinence. If this occurs and the user takes a dose comparable to their previous use, the user may experience drug effects that are much greater than expected, potentially resulting in a dangerous overdose.

Trusted Helpline
Help Available 24/7
1-888-882-1456
PRIVACY GUARANTEED

Heroin overdose complications

A heroin overdose has serious prompt and severe manifestations throughout the body and the vital organs. Here are the most common heroin overdose complications

Airways and lungs: slow, shallow and difficult breathing, or no breathing at all

Cardiovascular: heart and blood low blood pressure, weak pulse

Eyes, ears, nose and throat: dry mouth, pinpoint pupils, tongue discoloration

Nervous system: coma, delirium, disorientation, drowsiness, muscle spasticity

Skin: nails and lips turning blue

Stomach and intestines: constipation, spasms

Heroin overdose prognosis

Heroin is commonly injected into a vein and both of the ways to inject heroin come with different health risks related to sharing contaminated needles. Skin-popping more often results in abscesses, and direct injection more often leads to fatal overdose and also to hepatitis C and HIV infection.

Still, a heroin overdose is immediately reversible with an opoid antagonist injection and recovery normally occurs within 24 to 48 hours. Heroin is often mixed with other substances, which can cause additional symptoms and organ damage. In that case, hospitalization may be necessary.

Heroin overdose death rate

Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs, out of which a few thousand cases per year are due to heroin overdose.

For a comparison, heroin was involved in about 3,000 deaths against the 15,000 opioid anaelgetics deaths.

Many fatalities reported as overdoses are probably caused by interactions with other depressant drugs like alcohol. Since heroin can cause nausea and vomiting, a significant number of deaths attributed to heroin overdose are caused because an unconscious victim is vomiting.

Heroin overdose amount questions

Do you still have some questions about heroin overdose? Please feel fre to ask your question or share your personal experience below. We will do our best in providing you with a personal and rapid response.

 

Reference sources: Medline Plus, U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002861.htm
National Centre for Health Statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db81.pdf
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/pdf/poison-issue-brief.pdf
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/research/job185drugs/morphine.htm
The Official Website of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/injury-surveillance/opioid-trends-2004.pdf

Photo credit: robbie.

Leave a Reply

35 Responses to “Heroin overdose: How much amount of heroin to OD?
mike
10:59 pm September 23rd, 2014

my daughter passed away from an overdose. We have the blood work results but dont really understand them.

mdma shows .27 mcg/ml

cocaine shows .18 mcg/ml

herion shows .43 mcg/ml morphine 3.7 mcg/ml

joey
7:51 am January 23rd, 2015

Ive been clean 3years now, I was jw if its actually cut with fetnayl, or is it just close to pure heroin?

Sam
6:05 pm July 1st, 2015

i am trying to find out how much heroin is 50,000 ug/l I need it in oz or grams

kazmi
2:11 am July 31st, 2015

One time ib smoked over 6gs n I was OK n on the other hand one time I just smoked 1 to 2gs n I felt some of the over dose symptoms

samuel
6:23 am August 3rd, 2015

I overdosed December third 2014 for shooting up black tar heroin I smoked it for years and never had a bad thing happen to me

JILL
8:58 pm October 14th, 2015

I was wondering if someone can help me figure this out: my son is in jail causing a death of a friend, the toxicology report is as followed: male 33 years old- 200 lb.
alcohol: 0.327 grams per deciliter
morphine: 0.10 milligrams per liter
free morphine: 0.09 milligrams per liter
blood diazepam: 95 nanograms per milliliter
nor diazepam: 36 nanograms per milliliter
eye vitreous fluid 6-monoacteylmorphine: 0.018 mg per liter.
my question is what is the cause of death?
my son stated the young man did the cotton (left overs) and didn t notice for about 1/2 hour that his friend was gone

Lolo
11:27 am November 11th, 2015

My baby daddy / boyfriend overdosed a month ago and died. I had the herion in the house for personal use. I didn’t give it to him or do it with him, but his whole family is blaming me for his death and they are calling me a murderer. I’ve never had such an empty hollow feeling inside of me and I wish I was the one dead not him. Is it my fault he’s dead? Can they press charges on me for murder?

Ollen
6:47 pm November 14th, 2015

I found my daughter she was sitting down face in her bed her mouth was on top of the mattress and her top of her mouth was on the top of the mattress her bottom jaw was against the side or orange was in the 45 degree angle and her left hand was clinch the lighter they found the needle point in the back of the right hand there mountain that they found in her body was .12 milligrams per liter of ethanol and .48 milligrams per liter of morphine is this fatal dose? She was right handed it look to me someone suffocated her. Her lips was white from pressure from her cheeks to her chin was blue.

5:19 pm November 18th, 2015

Hello Ollen. I’m really sorry for your loss! Since every drug affects each person differently, the dosage that your daughter had can be fatal. What does the police said about your reasons to suspect?

7:00 pm November 19th, 2015

Hello Lolo. I’m really sorry for your loss. Well, there is a possibility that you may be charged for involuntary manslaughter, if there is a proof of course. I suggest you consult with а lawyer, and you can read here for more elaborate definition http://www.in.gov/ctb/files/appendix1.pdf

chelz
6:23 pm December 11th, 2015

Found out my friend put heroin in my drink. I never did this drug before so I don’t know what to do I don’t teel good

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:26 am December 15th, 2015

Hi, Chelz. If you don’t feel well, call 991 ASAP. And, please consider your friendship with the one who put heroin in your drink without asking first.

Darin M.
1:21 am December 25th, 2015

Sorry Ollen and Lolo, thats something bad that will not go away , but it will get just a little better and u will be able to deal w life ok …. the different lives we all have is relative you start to see ,and it has helped me a little to write them , u start doing that and pray to who you have to ,that will listen ,, and hey ,. theres others here like u so , we have to keep trying i think .., please dont look at yourself as bas because i did not get that from story ok , youre ok ,just w a pain that u cant no matter what ,cant turn you tho ,ok no matter what ,its not a thing that can or should bring you down , chin up girl ,love Darin

El
7:48 am December 30th, 2015

I’ve been using for about a year, I seem to have a natural tolerance for opiates. But I have about 2 grams of h and 24 mg of Xanax, if I take/do all that wil live at risk for OD? I’m about 5’5, 100 lbs, 21..

Sam
1:32 am January 1st, 2016

My brother passed away with heroin in excess of 50,000 ugl presence of 6-mam what does this mean I know my brother had a very very bad heroin addict but just would like to know how much heroin this means in money or weight so I would know

Jenny
7:14 am January 3rd, 2016

I am very interested in this subject. I am a former addict and have lost many friends to addiction. My main question is about the first use experience of users. I myself sought out drugs due to my own shortcomings so I don’t know much abort peer pressure. I would like to understand where those pressures are coming from so I could identify with them. I am researching this to help others and myself understand why we struggle and what we can take from that struggle.

Shell
4:00 pm January 4th, 2016

Some people say you cant od from smokeing but my brother was on heroin for about 10 years and we found him dead in march,i know he only smoked it didnt inject but they said he had the highest amount inside him that they have seen but why would my brother not know how strong it was he wasnt stupid

Candis
8:35 am January 5th, 2016

I don’t do herion I know nothing about it just that it’s a strong drug and it’s possible to overdose and that’s why I’m here . I’m too stupid for life anyway

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
12:25 am January 7th, 2016

Hi, Sam. I’m really sorry for your loss. About the money spent on heroin, we’re not able to provide you with a qualified response. I wish you peace in this time of loss.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:13 pm January 7th, 2016

Hi, Candis. We are here to help you, not to give fatal dosages. Please, consider what you are planning to do, and think about your friends and family. You are not alone!

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
6:18 pm January 7th, 2016

Hi, Shell. I’m really sorry for your loss… Hope others will get the message…

Vice fellers
8:07 pm January 19th, 2016

My friend is encouraging me to slam an entire gram of herioin. But it would be my 1st time & that seems like too much. Is that much safe? Plus answer soon.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
8:25 pm January 23rd, 2016

Hi, Vice. Please consider that consuming heroin is illegal, and and you put yourself at risk.

Spazz
3:26 pm January 24th, 2016

Candis please contact me if you need to talk, I was here for the same reason but backed out, I wanna help. Find me on Facebook under Joseph William pic is something about chasing love

Mary Lou
11:31 pm January 26th, 2016

After 8 days in the hospital for pancreatitis, and given Methadone my 22 year old died less than eight hours after his dismissal. According to his autopsy it was “accidental toxic effects of heroin, methadone and cocaine”. Per his lab report, Methadone 0.66 + or – 0.17 mg/L was all that was in his stomach. Methadone 1.0 + or- 0.2 mg/kg and 2-ethylidene-1,dimethyl1-3, 3-diphenylpyrrolidine 0.11 + or_ 0.03 mg/kg was all that was in his liver. Nothing in his Blood (Heart). Blood (femoral) had 2-ethylidene-1, 5-dimethyl1-3, 3-diphenylpyrrolidine 0.016 + or-0.005 mg/L, 6-monoacetylmorhpine Less than 1.010mg/L, Benzoylecgonine 0.66 + or-0.12 mg/L, Cocaine 0.050 + or-0.011 mg/L, Codeine 0.010 + or-0.002 mg?L, Methadone 0.17 + or-0.04 mg/L, Morphine 0.23 + or-0.05 mg/L. Should he have been given Methadone with his stomach issues? He had been in the hospital 8 times in his last 14 months of life for pancreatitis attacks. Normally he was treated with morphine and then given Lorcet, Zanax and Somos to take in between episodes. My son was 6’4″ and weighed 279 pounds. If that makes a difference. Thank you,

Thank you, Mary Lou

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:48 pm January 29th, 2016

Hi, Mary Lou. I’m really sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine the sadness you must be feeling from your loss. I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner or another medical professional about your concerns. We’re not able to provide you with a qualified response.

Joe
9:10 am March 19th, 2016

If you shoot up a whole gram your first time your dying and no one is doing 6 grams a day I’ve seen someone die off half a button and if you are taken zanx or calonpins don’t do herion you can diei no alot about this drug and if youve never done it and are thinking about doing it don’t it will wreck your life it’s like putting the greatest feeling in you but when you don’t have it your sick as fuck and I’ve seen things you can imagine

Deborah
11:55 pm March 21st, 2016

My son was a recovering addict. He had been clean for a little over a year. He was happy and proud of himself that he had cleaned up his life. He was found dead in his car and they are ruling it as an Accidental Drug Overdose. There is an ongoing police investigation. The police are questioning someone, but as of right now all they have is circumstantial evidence. The coroner’s report states that there was only one needle mark. The police have stated that there was no drugs or drug paraphernalia in the car or on him. No needles, no drugs at all.
His levels are as follows: 6-Monoacetlymorphine 46 0mg, Codeine .035 mg and Morphine 0.083 mg.
I don’t understand any of this and would appreciate some help. Thank you.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
3:12 pm March 23rd, 2016

Hi Deborah. I am truly sorry for your loss. I’d advise you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner or another medical professional about your concerns. We’re not able to provide you with a qualified response. I wish you peace in this time of loss.

Bob
2:35 am March 29th, 2016

Lolo. Please do not hold it against yourself my wife is an addict I hold that against her for the first year of marriage until I got an awful truck accident and was put on OxyContin for two years and tried to get off it by myself and received a quick dose of how bad Adickes have it trying to quit he did the job you didn’t put the needle in his arm I know it’s easy to say from me but everybody does there’s some self and everybody needs help getting away from it I would never turn my back on you and I don’t even know you if you ever feel that bad that you think you would hurt yourself please respond and I will do everything I can to help you feel better and get any bad thoughts out of your head

A.D
3:28 am April 13th, 2016

My fiance and I have been/lived together for over 2 years now. Before we met he used to have a really good job, came from a good, Christian family. But he got into an automotive accident and broke his back which he recovered from. But he had to be put on Oxys. Eventually he became addicted to them and eventually started selling them for profit. He got in trouble and went to prison. There he was introduced to heroin. From what he told me he’s gotten clean and relapsed multiple times. When we first started dating we were both homeless. That’s when he last relapsed. We now have an apartment and a car despite his addiction. I refuse to use drugs and he won’t let me either. He does it only in the home. He lowered his tolerance from a gram a day habit to a ⅓ gram a day habit. He’s going to rehab “hopefully” in a week for the 7 day detox. He just wants to make sure that I’ll be taken care of when he goes. He’s said to me that he’s come to face the fact that he’ll never be clean that he’ll still get high on weekends like how some people go out for a drink after work. He thinks anyone can do any drug recreationally. I disagree. He says that getting high is the only way he knows how to deal with what he’s done with his life. I am not leaving him because a part of me still sees a glimmer of hope that he can get clean and stay clean.

Morgan
10:42 pm April 19th, 2016

A friend with a 75 mg autopsy heroine overdose . Will nasal delivery differ much from ingection , Also if swallowed ? Doesn’t the liver play into the potency and is there a way in the autopsy to analyze what it’s mixed with and potency ? I’m trying to make ground on the scenario which took place . Not ruling out the fact this might have been ones own negligence but also could have been used intentionally , slipped into a drink . I’m not holding Any information for use in courts or fact , just looking for answers personally before letting go .

katrina
10:25 pm April 25th, 2016

Hello my son’s dad died if heroine od and .22 was in his system with .18 alcohol he was 245 lbs is this a lethal amount in his case

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:13 pm April 27th, 2016

Hi Katrina. I’m really sorry for your loss. Lethal heroin dose varies from person to person. It depends from numerous factors such as the time-frame of heroin use, level of heroin tolerance, the body itself, etc. I’d suggest you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner about your concerns.

Lydia @ Addiction Blog
4:20 pm April 27th, 2016

Hi Morgan. I’m sorry for your loss. I’d suggest that you speak with a toxicologist or a coroner or another medical professional about your concerns.

Leave a Reply

Trusted Helpline
Help Available 24/7
1-888-882-1456
PRIVACY
GUARANTEED