Tuesday October 21st 2014

Snorting heroin

If you’re thinking about snorting heroin, you should know what happens.

In the interest of opiate harm reduction, we review what happens in the body while snorting heroin, as well as the dangers and safety concerns of snorting heroin.  You can always call a heroin hotline with questions, but we welcome questions about snorting heroin at the end of this article.  We try to answer all legitimate questions with a personal reply ASAP.

Heroin: What are you really snorting?

Heroin is a Schedule I controlled substance in the US, meaning it is illegal to possess or take this drug for any reason. In some parts of the world, though, heroin is available as a powerful prescription painkiller, but local laws vary. Heroin is a very dangerous and addictive drug, and because it’s normally only available as a street drug there’s no good way of knowing exactly what’s in the batch of heroin you’re using. Heroin can be laced with toxic substances or other drugs so you cannot ever really know what exactly you are snorting.

How does snorting Heroin affect the body?

Heroin affects the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. Heroin binds to opioid receptors in the brain, altering the body’s perception of pain and causing feelings of euphoria. Heroin can alter your mood as a result, but as an opiate, heroin can also trigger abnormal heart rate, loss of consciousness and hallucinations. For example, snorting heroin can cause you to abruptly stop breathing, which can kill you. and all of these effects are made more intense and are felt nearly immediately after snorting heroin.

Snorting Heroin to get high

Snorting heroin causes large amounts of the drug to instantly enter the bloodstream through the nose and the nasal tissues in the nose. This is dangerous, because it causes the drug to be absorbed in higher amounts than if it’s taken orally. High doses of heroin might be tolerated by someone who’s taken opioids in large doses before, but they do raise the risk of adverse effects significantly.

Snorting Heroin vs oral

Narcotics like heroin can be taken orally, nasally, and intravenously. Oral preparations are safer, because the dose is more controlled. Snorting heroin causes a quicker onset of effects, causing an almost immediate high. But this quick rush of heroin into the body is also extremely dangerous.

Snorting Heroin side effects

Taking heroin in small amounts can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and even nausea and vomiting. Severe side effects of taking heroin occur more frequently when the medication is not taken as prescribed, such as when you snort heroin. Possible adverse side effects of snorting heroin include:

  • abnormal heart rate
  • confusion
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty breathing
  • fainting/loss of consciousness
  • fever
  • hallucinations
  • seizures

Snorting Heroin dangers

Snorting heroin has some serious side effects. You run the risk of a serious addiction when you snort heroin. The most serious risk, of course, is that of potential overdose and death – and because it’s impossible to know the purity of the heroin you’re taking, even experienced heroin users can easily overdose. But you might not know that you also risk infectious disease such as hepatitis or bacterial infections when you share snorting instruments. Although less severe, these dangers can persist unless you are aware of hygiene and do not share snorting tools.

Snorting Heroin safely

Heroin is not safe to take by snorting. In fact, it’s not safe to take at all, due to the highly addictive nature of the drug and its strong effects. Since heroin is illegal to take in most parts of the world, you might face harsh legal consequences for snorting it.

Snorting Heroin questions

Do you still have questions about snorting Heroin? If so, please let us know. We respond to all Heroin questions with a personal and prompt reply.

Reference Sources: Toxnet: Heroin
U.S. Department of Justice: Heroin Fast Facts

SAMHSA: Heroin Abuse in the United States

Photo credit: tj.blackwell

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47 Responses to “Snorting heroin
Infinite
4:23 am April 19th, 2012

My son is out there somewhere, a fugitive, felon addict. I’m so scared and there’s nothing I can do to help him.

phatpooch
11:01 pm April 19th, 2012

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THE HARSH REALITY OF ADDICTION

The producers of this short film are both recovering addicts who have both spent time living and indulging with drug addiction in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Today they are both clean and sober with multiple years of recovery

Addiction: Chaos in Vancouver

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10:26 am April 24th, 2012

Hi Donna. I cannot imagine what it is like to be in your place. Are you able to get to an Al-Anon support group in your area? Being with like minded and compassionate people can really help you in times of trouble.

Infinite
1:32 pm April 24th, 2012

My place is hell. My son brought me here. Thank you so much for your kind words. I do belong in al-anon. I have to find more strength to go.

9:58 am April 27th, 2012

Hi Donna. Sometimes it is really difficult finding the energy to overcome inertia to help ourselves. I would encourage you to make a commitment to a regular Al-Anon meeting and seek help from a psychologist or counselor. Your son’s actions do affect you, and you may benefit from the help processing your thoughts and emotions.

blake minnerly
11:56 am June 18th, 2012

Hi, I am sharing a music video made by the students of a music production class I teach at the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School in Albuquerque, NM. It is dedicated to Haley Paternoster, a fellow student we lost to heroin addiction in 2010. I am trying to spread the word about the project in the hopes that it can help in the prevention of future tragedies like her death. If you can, please share!

Thank you,
Blake Minnerly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAVcE6QIJvs

Jaime
6:06 am July 29th, 2012

I was out last night when I was offered some gear fort to be cocaine after use the person I got it off told me it was heroion what will happen to me

Jaime
6:40 am July 29th, 2012

Me again I am consernd that I have very low will power and drugs are my weeknes is there chance I could become addicted after one use PS it was ( snorted )

1:44 am July 31st, 2012

Hi Jaime. Yes, it’s possible to get addicted to heroin after one time use, especially if you enjoyed the euphoric effect. If you know yourself and you love the high…stay away! And look into programs like 12 step programs, SMART Recovery or Rational Recovery to help you understand WHY you like drugs, and what the solution is to stay away from them.

Does that make sense?

Crystal
3:14 pm September 29th, 2012

PLEASE HELP ME I KNOW MY HUSBAND IS SNORTING HEROIN,HE’S IN DENIAL I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ONLY BEEN MARRIED TWO YEAR
I WANT TO HELP HIM BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW. I DONT WANT TO RUIN MY FUTURE. BECAUSE OF HIS HABIT PLEASE PLEASE. I AM SOOOO HURT.

7:29 pm September 29th, 2012

Hello Crystal. Al-Anon can help you understand what you CAN and CANNOT do to help your husband. It’s not just for people who are connected to alcoholics. Do you know how to find a meeting?

Otherwise, I’d suggest that you seek help through a licensed clinical social worker or a psychologist who specializes in family addiction issues. You need help, and fast!

Morgan
7:57 pm October 5th, 2012

Crystal run for your life!!!!!

Please girl!!!! RUN!

There is nothing you can do to help him; he has to do it all for himself.

I spent 9 years with my husband, trying to help him.

Until this day he is not truly clean.

I finally had the strength to divorce him and try to repair my life.

The financial strain and years wasted are my biggest regret.

Please do not repeat the same mistakes I made thinking I could help him; you can’t help him, but you can save yourself.

RUN!

Shanna
3:53 pm January 15th, 2013

My friend has a problem with heroin and has to get a drug test which is a mouth swab how long will it take to be clean for the test

Shanna
7:06 pm January 22nd, 2013

I pray this drug is extinct from this world. People please get the help, any 1 can change if u give the all mighty God your habit, and have the strength to do it. He will do it with u may God bless all that r suffering with this demon. Be stronger then this monster. God speed to all that r going thru this if any 1 can do it is all of u.

Annod
7:10 am February 3rd, 2013

Just had a heart attack October 2010. It brought out some issues like anxety and severe asthma sortly there after, started using Vicodan for Crohns Disease. Then started using Percoset for Fibromyalgia onset. Its been ok, until recently. Someone came by and introduced me to Herion. I love it! Problem is now – I hate it. Wanna get off it! It is because. I need meds to help me get off the heroin. He

AKA/ Jim-Bo
2:28 am February 7th, 2013

I’am a 26yr. old male from Delaware and have been an opite user for almost 3yrs. I recently started snorting perks & then found out that they were getting to be to expensive. So I was then turned on to Herion by a friend of mine. And the 1st time I snorted my 1st bag I was hell yea what a RUSHHH and amazing FALSE ENERGY level I started to get yes everyone I said FASLE ENERGY beacuse it was. Well it has been almost A month since I have used any And beacuse I started to notice that I was getting some serious nasel infections & it wasen’t pretty. I started to aquire serious pain puss & scabs in my nasel cavity . I still have these sores & I’am in search of a Ears,Nose & Throat Specialist that I can refer too. So I can see on how I can correct this problem that I am having with my nasel cavity. Well the reason I have posted this blog is to see if anyone else in any state I don’t care where your from but just need to know if anyone else has had these same similatires that I have been having after excessive drug use from snorting. And if so what have U done to correct the problem. I DON’T WANT TO HEAR FROM SOMEONE THAT IS STILL A USER BEACUSE I’AM NOW ALMOST 1 MONTH CLEAN. SOBER PERSON. AND I SAY THAT WITH STORNG FEELINGS So if there is anyone out there that has had or is having these same problems that I’am having please contact me; let me what U have done to fix your issue & what can I do to fix & help myself with this problem beacuse IT IS NOT getting any better just more and more painful everday in my nasel cavity.

Bob
2:34 am June 13th, 2013

If SWIM does 5 to 7 bags of heroin every day for the last 3 months will SWIM suffer full withdrawal symptoms or will they be less severe

Lindsey
5:52 pm June 21st, 2013

Regarding all the previous comments…..NEVER think you can help someone stop using. They either will or they won’t and it’s up to them. Don’t stay with someone who is using, you don’t need the headache.

I did heroin/oxys for 12 years, never stopping. By the time I was 16 I was full blown addicted, and I’ve only ever snorted either drug. My mom was killed in a car accident and within 3 months of that I had stopped smoking cigs, weed, and using heroin….and I started going to the gym. I’m 2 years clean now and some old friends of mine have been dropping like flies. Some were clean a while, some weren’t. Most died of OD or heart failure….so I worry about what damage I’ve done to myself. My blood work is always ok, and any other tests. But I worry. I’m just trying to find any other info on snorting the drugs and their long term side effects on internal organs. Everything I read is about shooting up.

Jim-Bo I’ve never heard of those exact issues…..I’d go to a doctor. And tell them honestly what you’ve been up to. It’s the only way they’d be able to help.

tripdoi
1:58 am July 17th, 2013

Odd that someone here mentioned a documentary about heroin in Vancouver…A star from Glee died the other day of a heroin OD in Vancouver..must be a problem there..

Stupiphile
3:27 am July 23rd, 2013

I have a friend who snorts regularly, has for a long time, holds down a job, rents a house on her own, and is a generally productive member of society and alt-medicinal community, so it’s hard to approach this topic. I’m still waiting for the morning I have to call the paramedics though. I don’t know what I would do if I woke up to my friend dead.

Althea Falkenstein
12:13 am September 25th, 2013

My daughter is a heroin addict, she overdosed about a year ago and almost died. she is missing right now and I am wondering if the drug can make you sleep for days when coming down from it. just trying to find reasons she may not have contacted me. The doctor told me that she was so bad when that happened, that if she did it would kill her. I don’t know anything about this drug except that it is evil.

Crystal
2:52 pm November 29th, 2013

My husband will not admit to me that he is snorting heroin…. He knows that I know though I don’t want to divorce him but I might have to because I don’t want to ruin my future.. He is a good man.. He is a functioning addict but until he can admit what he is doing there will be nothing I can do.. I never been through anything like this before… My mom passed away and I’m basically alone.. can’t really talk to anyone about this but people who have experienced this type of problem … I am open to all advice… Thanx

5:21 pm December 1st, 2013

Hello Althea. I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. Extreme fatigue is possible during opiate withdrawal. However, you may also need to prepare yourself for different news that you hope. Do you have a support network. Have you ever tried Al-Anon, Narc-Anon, or SMART Recovery as a way to connect with others who deal with loved ones addicted to drugs? My heart goes out to you.

sally
8:33 am February 2nd, 2014

i did heroin by injecting and smoking and earlier in the day snorting it, for the last few days i have been smoking it i have been experiencing convulsions, (almost like a seizure) dizziness, partially fainting, typically when i am convolution i fall to the ground on my hands and knees and shake almost like twitching but today i had a convolution by standing up and my knees gave out and i sorta was stuck in going up with down with my knees rapidly bending and convulsing then my feet went dumb after and i have been having multiple headaches throughout the day should i be extremely concerned about this??? i have extremely low blood pressure and before i did drugs i would practically faint just by standing up too quick and is there anything i can do to stop those symptoms??? i am working on quitting heroin

sassy
9:34 pm February 13th, 2014

Why does herion raze my heart rate

diddelyo
4:58 pm March 10th, 2014

tomorrow i bury my son , he died after taking her ion, i am heart broken as i did not know that he used this .

12:53 pm March 11th, 2014

Hello diddelyo. I am so sorry for your loss. I’d suggest that you seek help and guidance through this period of mourning with a trusted spiritual leader, a psychotherapist, or family counselor. You do not need to suffer through loss alone.

Bobby
6:01 am March 12th, 2014

Hello. Im 26 and i have been doing heroin for 16 months now and before that perc 30s for a year before I found dope was cheaper and a better high. Just recently I have been having a bad problem breathing getting upper repertory infections when I have sorted it. I am now on a inhaler just to be able to catch my breath. I haven’t done anything for a week now but the fight is so hard. I have lost my family my wife and my kids.. I have been a functional dope head. I am not at my end loosing my job along with everyone and everything else. I feel like it’s the end. I don’t know what to do.

2:03 pm March 13th, 2014

Hello Bobby. You are not alone. You can get help through an outpatient clinic or inpatient rehab for physical and psychological addiction to heroin. Know that addiction is a disease, a medical condition. Treat it, and you can get better. Start by calling the national drug abuse hotline at 1-800-662-HELP. I’m rooting for you!

Carol
3:58 am March 24th, 2014

Hi, i’ve never had post anything on ablog before, it sucks it has to be this one but my 27 year old brother is in critical condition In a hospital because he has been snorting heroin for several months now, and has caused sever infection in his lungs, tuberculosis and neumonia, he is been with oxygen support for several days now and doc can’t really figure out what is really wrong with his lungs. I’m so angry because he is in addict, I’m desperate, sad, pissed off. Every moment I’m thinking how can I fix it, is part of it my fault? All I do is pray and worry. I hate heroin!!!!!

judi
1:30 am April 2nd, 2014

My granddaughter is a crack addict for about the last years, her drug of choice she has quoted. Recently I found out she is snorting heroin to bring her down from the crack high. before this she occasionally would use an anti psychotic pill. can you explain

9:59 am April 2nd, 2014

Hi Judi. That’s so tough. I’m sorry to hear about your grand baby’s habit. May she come into recovery soon!

So, heavy crack addicts stimulate the central nervous system to the point of paranoia, aggression, and hallucination. This is caused by the repeated administration of cocaine and the physical effects of the drug. Heroin is a central nervous system depressant. It can be used like a chemical cocktail to counter the effects of cocaine…but is habit forming itself.

Does this make sense?

jen
11:29 pm May 22nd, 2014

Hi. I have recently broke up with my boyfriend of 2 years. He was honest with me from the beginning that he was in turd used to pills and has been clean and sober from them. I move on with caution…we have had great times together…I recently since February had a feeling he was telling little lies.His dad has been fighting a bad cancer and runs between work home and helping his mom with his dad. But Inoticed little things. He got the flu…asked for cough syrup with codine…had the bottle gone in 3 days I asked him and he threatened to leave cause he didn’t wan th to not be trusted. We worked thru that..than I found a empty robotusion bottle on top of the med cabinet along with 6-7 dollars missing out of a piggy bank…again I confronted him and he looked like a deer in head lights really didn’t say much on the matter. Last I found a cut straw in his pocket while doing laundry at that time I confronted him again and he had no idea where it came from. I had to get him to leave as I know there’s no help unless he wants it…All I wanted was the truth. My emotions are every where I’m angry hurt. I text him and he never replies until one day he asked me to stop texting him that he don’t read it. Asked him if there was anybody else he shares no…He hasn’t touched me in weeks. He said that tthere was nobody else and no drugs…that I think there is and it’s blinding me. I blocked his number. Than he called me very upset cause his dad passed. I wish he wouldn’t have called after his mean message 4 days prior.. feel like I should have been there for him for that day. I don’t know how he can ignore me after I have held him up and have been his only support. I just don’t get it. Than it males me feel crazy cause he says there’s no drugs that I am blind but I found the straw…and numbers in his phone. No names just numbers that sounded like drug codes such as “there’s a shark in the fish tank” talking about smoking utensils and meeting up. And something with the word bomb in it. Just reaching out to some professionals also I smelt like french fry grease on him a couple times before he left. Thank you for any input.

Larry
4:28 pm May 26th, 2014

I think my girlfriend might be snorting heroin,but I’m not sure.she denies it of course. But her nose is always cold-very cold. Even on a hot summer day. She says it’s just from allergies but I don’t believe her. Could always having a very cold nose be a sign of snorting heroin?

7:32 am May 27th, 2014

Hello Larry. Apart from physical and psychological symptoms of use…you could ask her to submit urine for a drug test. This is the only quantifiable way that you can know whether your girlfriend is snorting heroin, or not. If she is, you might want to consider what’s best for you. Family counseling and addiction treatment are available nationwide. Best to you both.

Sam
12:02 am June 18th, 2014

Does heroin marinate in your bones or does in just get in your blood stream

Shades
3:24 pm July 5th, 2014

I’ve been with my husband for 11yrs at the beginning of our relationship we both had issues with cocaine, I quit cold turkey and he continued to spiral down, he started smoking crack because he couldn’t snort the cocaine anymore. we fought this battle for 2yrs and finally beat it. I was the happiest person and so was our children. He has messed up a few times in the last couple yrs. About 4yrs ago he was diagnosed with some disc messed up in his back, ended up needed surgery. I noticed after his surgery that he was taking to much medicine. We talked and he started cutting back. A few months ago his mood started changing and he started staying gone again so I thought that he was back smoking crack so confronted him and I wasn’t prepared for the answer I got. He told me that he has been snorting heroin. He is bipolar which adds a little extra to the problem. He says he quit but I found rolled up dollar and the little bag it came in yesterday and he thinks it’s ok to do it when he wants. What should I do? Do I leave him? don’t want my kids to have to go through this we have already been through enough.

Grieving mother
4:07 pm July 13th, 2014

My son 25 years old died in May from snorting heroin. It was in a forty minute time frame he came home and was called down to dinner. I went to get him but he was blue. I cannot cope every day and my pain gets worse not better. My son was a good person, never in trouble and never wanted to see me hurt. We were very close. My question is if I saw him come home and found him 40 minutes later, I can’t bear the thought that he suffered, that he may have tried to call my name but couldn’t. I just need to know if he had suffered. Please help me God.

worried wifey
11:49 am July 14th, 2014

I’m scared to death every single day that i will one day walk in our restroom and find my husband laid out on the floor of our bathroom. It seems to be his favorite place in our whole apartment, there is where he spends most of his time throughout his day. And i know exactly what he’s doing in there, for the fact that i can see him clearly through the cracks of the door and underneath also.. he still wont admit what hes doing. I’m so very tired, feeling hopeless with no reality connection with him. He will get very aggressive, angry, very hostile and offensive, start denying everything I’m confronting him about and continue to repeat every single word I ask or say to him.. very frustrating and exhausting.. please help ME TO SAVE MY RELATIONSHIP WITHOUT ALL THE ARGUING, FIGHTING, AND CHAOS.. BEFORE IT’S TO LATE AND I LOOSE THE MAN THAT I LOVE SO MUCH TO HEROIN OR DEATH!!!???

RE: Grieving mother
2:16 pm July 15th, 2014

Your son most likely did NOT suffer. When someone overdose’s on opiates, it puts them to sleep, and then shuts down auto-respiratory functions – basically forgetting to breathe. Very similar to euthanasia, he most likely just fell asleep, and didn’t wake up. He wouldn’t have tried to call for your name, and I’m almost certain he passed with happy thoughts on his mind. Cardiac arrest is far more common amongst people who intravenously administer the drug. I draw this conclusion from facts and studies, and honestly hope this helps you.

despressedgirlfriend
7:33 pm July 25th, 2014

I love my girlfriend too death & I’ll do anything too keep her happy. I’m just so worried about her because what she does. I wish I can help her, but I.know there is nothing I can do. I feel so bad that I can’t do nothing for her. I just want her old self back & stay clean. No matter what happens I’m always gonna love her & be there for her. I just need help on what I should do. I also get super worried that something bad could happen. PLEASE HELP ME.

Grieving mother
10:45 am July 26th, 2014

I appreciate the reply whoever you are because I cannot the thought he tried to call out for me and I was busy cooking! I even took a Narcan class a few months before and when I found him I screamed then ran for the Narcan and dropped it! My friend then got it and administered it while I called 911! He was also Epileptic and must of went into a seizure! My God I cannot seem to do anything 3 months later still paralyzed…. I loved him so much. If love could have saved him he never would have died…:(

Nikki
9:25 pm August 27th, 2014

I’m addicted to snorting heroin….. Iv only been on it couple months, iv never liked doing drugs before now I feel like I can’t fuction with out being high.. And things just started looking up me and my husband just got promotions and a new house so we are making good money now and we have 3 children and now we are both addicted to it.we know we need to stop but we don’t want to… We can’t… Every time we try we always end up getting more every payday I don’t know what to do I want to be a goo mother and I feel I can only be a good mother if I’m high on heroin because it gives me so much extra energy and makes me in such a happy mood… And I can’t afford to go through with draw I work to much and when I’m not working I’m taking care of my children so there’s no time for me to withdraw… I feel so guilty for being like this but I don’t want to stop I just want to give up everything I have for the drug. It’s crazy how 6 months ago I was competely sober and never would of imagined me being addicted to anything I don’t know who I am anymore

mary
7:32 pm September 8th, 2014

I recently find out that my bf does snort heroin. I was wondering when it is snort it does make your mouth smell? Kinda like the inside of green peppers.

Doug
5:53 pm September 15th, 2014

Think about this… To be a good mother you will need to be around long enough to “be a good mother”. As I’m sure you are experiencing, you will start chasing the high as your tolerance builds up. It will require more and more to get that same feeling. It will ultimately destroy you and the family. This is something that you said you can’t believe you decided to do this. This will end up being one of many decisions that you make that you can’t believe you made. Morals and judgement will decline. Without help, it will only go down hill.

This is the classic way that people start. Everyone thinks they are different and can control it. It will begin to control you. The most important people that will pay is your children. I imagine that you will find that you are becoming irritable with them when your off of it or coming down. Probably even allowing them to do things that you wouldn’t in the past, so they are out of your hair so you can get your fix or isolate yourself.

It also blocks your bodies ability to produce the chemical that makes you feel happy, that’s why you feel you need it to be a good mom. Probably somewhat depressed when you are off of it. It may take a little while for your body to start producing it again once you stop.

I am not an expert, nor am I in the field, I have just seen enough of it, and seen it with a family member and watched what they went through. Fortunately they did get help and is now married and owns his own business. The other one, like you had a great job. He ended up losing everything, job, family, and lived on street, girlfriend died from the drug which turned him around. He went on to get masters degree and ran a rehab center.

Regardless of how strong you think you are, YOU CAN’T do this alone and will need medical help.

You may want to look into Saboxone.

The fact your posting this is a good sign. I don’t know you, but reading your story touched me so thought I would share. If nothing else, maybe it will be the email that is that last thing that helps you over the hump and onto recovery.

Keep the faith!!!

nelissa
8:49 am September 27th, 2014

When you self detox with soboxone from snorting heroin can tingling in the chest be a withdrawal symptom..? I know when using I used to get a similar feeling when I was starting to be dope sick but never this intense

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
11:31 am September 30th, 2014

Hi Nelissa. When withdrawing from heroin there have been some individuals who’ve reported numbness and tingling, as well as chest pains. Usually by people with high blood pressure, depression, pain, multiple sclerosis, and high blood cholesterol. If pain and tingling sensations worsen, go to the ER. Chest pains should never be overlooked.

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