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What happens when you snort heroin?

What happens when you snort heroin?

Snorting heroin can cause overdose, death, and infectious diseases. In this article, we review more about snorting heroin and what this route of administration does to your body. While effective, we encourage you to weigh the dangers and risks of snorting heroin to get high.

If you have any questions about snorting heroin or getting help for heroin addiction, please ask them at the end. We will try to get back to you as quickly as we can.

What does snorting heroin do?

Heroin is a scheduled I narcotic, an illegal, illicit drug and one of the most dangerous drugs you can take. Heroin is not a drug that is regulated nor prescribed for medical purpose in the United Sates. Why? Heroin use is habit forming and can develop into physical dependency and addiction. But what does snorting heroin actually do?

When you snort heroin, heroin is absorbed into the mucous membrane of your nose and throat. It enters the bloodstream, and is carried to the brain. In the brain, heroin produces its major effects on the central nervous system primarily through interaction at specific nerve sites. Following a dose of heroin, the user generally feels an intense surge of euphoria (“rush”) accompanied by a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities. The user then alternates between a wakeful and drowsy state.

Is snorting heroin bad for you?

YES. Snorting heroin is bad for you because heroin use overall is bad for you. There is no benefit to heroin that outweighs the adverse effects or side effects of snorting heroin. There is a reason that heroin is illegal. Over time, heroin use can begin to damage your internal organs and alter brain chemistry. Specifically, adverse effects of using heroin can include:

  • confusion
  • depressed heart rate and breathing
  • depression
  • diarrhea
  • hallucinations
  • loss of consciousness
  • nausea/vomiting
  • reduced gastrointestinal motility (constipation)
  • seizures

Is snorting heroin dangerous?

Yes, snorting heroin is extremely dangerous. You can you never predict what will happen when you snort heroin, or even what has been added to the mix. The greatest risks of snorting heroin include overdose and possible death.

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Many people will snort heroin because they think it will decrease their changes of infectious diseases. But when you share snorting implements, you can contract bacterial infections. Snorting is just another way that heroin is abused and can lead to an intense addiction to the drug. Treatments for heroin addiction, while out there, require time and commitment ; this is why it’s best to stop using heroin while you’re ahead. Early intervention leads to greater success in recovery.

Is snorting heroin effective?

While snorting heroin is effective in terms of effect. it’s not advisable to snort heroin. Taking heroin at all is not advisable. Heroin is not recommended for several reasons. It’s illegal, highly addictive, dangerous, and tears apart not only your physical health but your relationships. In sum, heroin can negatively affect all aspects of your life. No matter how you take heroin, it is never safe.

Can you snort Heroin ?

People snort heroin to avoid the other hazards of heroin when injection is the usual route of administration. Many heroin addicts are aware of the dangerous of contracting HIV or other blood diseases and viruses in the body. So, they snort heroin to avoid this. But while Snorting heroin may decrease risk of some disease, it is still extremely dangerous. Heroin is a dangerous narcotic which is extremely addictive and harmful to the body. It is not worth taking heroin in any way to feel a high or self-medicate.

When you snort heroin questions

Do you still have questions concerning snorting Heroin? Please leave any questions you have in the comments section below and we will get back to you personally and promptly.

Reference Sources: NHTSA: Morphine and heroin
NDIC: Heroin
NYC: Heroin
NCBI: An Exploratory Study of Inhalers and Injectors Who Used Black Tar Heroin
CDC: Poisoning among Heroin Users

Photo credit: National Cancer Institute

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60 Responses to “What happens when you snort heroin?
Danielle
9:22 pm November 18th, 2013

Hi, my boyfriend of three years has been snorting heroin for about a month now and he is in a recovery program now. he says that he never wants to do heroin again, but is that true? once a person does heroin will they always have that addition? has he been snorting too long? i just want to know if there could be a good ending to all of this.
thanks

2:48 pm November 21st, 2013

Hi Danielle. The cravings for heroin can last for month or years after an addict stops using. To set you at ease, would drug testing be an option in your relationship?

Tony
10:31 am November 22nd, 2013

Hi . I snorted Heroin for several months and recently went in to recovery. My question is it seems like when I cough I can still taste the drug and my chest burns. Is this something you have ever heard of ?

1:27 pm December 19th, 2013

Hi Tony. I’m not sure that this symptom is the result of protracted withdrawal, or is psycho-somatic. I’d suggest a check up with your doctor to eliminate possibilities of infection or other medical conditions.

dave
11:54 pm February 5th, 2014

Well starting heroin definitely ain’t no joke I am personally going through living hell right now my truck last week losing my house

dave
12:08 am February 6th, 2014

In a month, lost my job, all money is gone. I am relying on public aid and the only friend I have left as the rest of em couldn’t handle me anymore. Also did a month in jail this past November on a possession charge. It took only 3years for me to lose everything, girlfriend too. I started heroin for the first time in October of 2011. If you live in or near Chicago,beware cause heroin is epidemic. My hope is this message reaches someone and helps them to wake up and avoid what I am going thru now. I AM NOT looking forward to being homeless and don’t even know if I can survive all this.

rajan
12:56 pm April 11th, 2014

hello am on herion from last 1 week or more than 9 days and know i quit it so am having a test like after next 7 days. its a urine test is it possible that herion stays myboys in drig test if am not using it.

2:43 pm April 11th, 2014

Hello Rajan. It takes 2-4 days for heroin metabolites to clear the system for urine based testing after binge use.

kyl
1:12 am April 20th, 2014

Hi. My names kyl I been on heroin for 7yrs I’m 26 have a needle broken inside my arm an hep c. I pray to god no one does H. I got started by a friend who took advantage when my best friend died and I was depressed he was giving me H till I was hooked. He is a snake so people beware of fakes like these. Because of my addiction I’ve done 4 yrs in jail lost my life an regret everyday of my life since I started. An just hope this makes someone not pick up this devil drug. Good day.

10:01 am April 23rd, 2014

Hello Kyl. Thank you for sharing. I wish you a speedy recovery and a life drug-free! Keep hope alive, because change can happen.

zach
2:51 am June 13th, 2014

Have you seen pulp fiction, messes you up!

Cassie
9:56 pm June 25th, 2014

Hey just wondering, I know someone who used for three years about. And he quit. He used four suboxines in his process. When will he have that drug completely out of his system where he doesn’t feel any symptoms any longer? (Hes been off for about 13 days) Thanks!

Jam
12:50 pm June 27th, 2014

Could you explain what “nodding off”means and typically how long after using does it occur?

8:12 am June 30th, 2014

Hi Jam. Thank you for your question. “Nodding off” is used to describe the high of heroin. The best way to describe it is like “nodding” in and out of semi-consciousness. It’s state of repetitive falling asleep for 30 seconds to a few minutes, and then suddenly snapping into full wakefulness. People usually find themselves “nodding off” in very uncomfortable positions, since they were not planning or expecting to be sleeping! The term is sometimes associated with opiate-based pills, but generally it is specific for being high on heroin.

The nodding usually begins quite fast when snorting heroin. Within a few minutes, but it can come with a delay, too.

Carrie
5:05 pm July 20th, 2014

how long will heroin stay in the system of a female that’s 167 lbs 5″7 . If she did 13 dime bags total on Thursday last one was at 10pm .. because she has an important urine test on Monday

Danny
12:12 am July 26th, 2014

I have been snorting heroin for about a year now I quit for 7 months I recently started back up four months ago I do not inject but I do sniff I can’t even go 24 hours without a bag I get sweats I can’t sit still I can’t think…I want to quit using but when I stopped I cannot deal with the withdrawal I do not know what to do I do not want to die because I use heroin I’ve been doing a lot more recently apart of heroin use to last me one week now its gone in a day or two its taking my money ruining my life and I don’t want to wait for to kill me if you have any advice please I need to get away from this devil drug

6:54 am July 26th, 2014

Hi Danny. There are medications which can help you during detox. More on heroin detox here: http://drug.addictionblog.org/detox-from-heroin/

loni
8:20 pm July 27th, 2014

Hello,

I have a question if this even works and anyone receives this I dont know. But here goes, I suffer from extreme back pain, Ihave been proscribed Norco, i only take them at night to sleep or maybe during the day if the pain Is Really bad. My boyfriend has had problems with addiction. He recently has gotten into heroin, he use to inject the drug in his arm. But has stopped that. He has always taken my norco and I run out way before my next script…so im without…for the longest time he would substitute and get me other pain meds. Percocet or buy norco off the street. Then he came home with a powder…to make a long story short he came clean and told me the powder he was getting was heroin. I would snort a pack at night and slept all night and pain free. I notice my tolerance is higher…when I have my proscribed pain meds I dont want or need the heroin. I dont ask for it or anything my body doesn’t need it. But when im out of my meds thats all that he can get and I snort a line before bed. I dont use during the day at all but almost every night I sniff it. I know this is so terrible and I should just keep my pain meds to myself but I can never seem to tell him no. So my question is… I have had some extreme heartburn the last few days. I have been using way longer than that but I was wondering if that could be caused by sniffing it (from long term use) and just recently having these symptoms. I also have been put on a new blood pressure medicine and it could be that too. But I was wondering if the heroin use would cause it too. Also can I do damage to my body by only using at night and only doing a pack. I DO NOT USE ANYMORE THAN THAT EVER! im just worried the damage I could be doing to my own body.

A response would be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

jasper
3:42 am August 10th, 2014

I know some 22 year olds that have been hooked on H for a few years as a result of getting hooked on prescribed pain meds and not getting new prescriptions. When they can’t get methadone or other medication they have no choice but to get h to stave off the sickness. Definitely a ducked up cycle and a growing epidemic in Colorado especially among the young.

jason
1:20 am August 13th, 2014

Im 30 Years old had a heart attack last year, doctor said it was cholesterol but they asked me if I had done cocain I said yes 2 week prior been off the stuff ever since. I was also doing 30 mg percs very expensive habit and when I couldn’t afford that my old high school friend said I should just do dope…Stupid decisions lead to bad consequences. So I snorted it first and then I was curious to see how it felt if I shot it up and it was an awesome feeling and I got hooked right after that…Then came the problems….I was stea,ing my fathers checks and heloing myself to his money. I stole about 4k and I had pawned my mothers jewelry…I feel so ashamed at myself because even though I did that they still love me and want me to get better. My dad bailed me out from the pawn paid 2500 for everything..So I deleted a bunch of numbers and went to a suboxon clinic. I am currently taking 1 1/2 of suboxon dailey and go fill my script once a week, I know I can’t beat this addiction alone but with some help from counclers and family I should be able to srtay away from this horrible drug and regain my life back…My license is suspended and car is in tow garage. This after once month of H use….PLEASE DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND STAY THE HELL AWAY..It will own your life and you will suffer greatly thanks…

Chrissy
5:27 am August 14th, 2014

My boyfriend of 8 years and my daughters father has been on H from about 20’s till now 42! He sniffs it and I can’t take it anymore!! In 8 years he has only been able to stay clean for a year. That was the 2010 and I have tried to get him help, I have sat through sooo many NA meetings with him, I have thrown him out, and soooo much more! I put him out in July for almost 4 weeks and he was living out if his car! He promised me again that he wanted to do the right thing and get help it’s a week in a half now and he has been going to meetings everyday but is yet to get a sponsor. He is currently taking suboxen. How long will he need to take this for? Should I continue to keep trying to help him??

Jim Morrison
1:37 pm August 15th, 2014

How badly will snorting heroin over a five month period damage my throat; and, if I quit, will my throat return to normal?

lynn
9:55 am August 30th, 2014

I am 29 been using since my mom died a little over a yr ago. I was first perscribed to percoset for back pain but one day ran out and friend had asked me if i wanted to try dope, i dont know why i did, but i tried it. It started out as twenty bags forty bags now,I snort it about a half a gram a day I got my bf into it too we want to quit i have 1 40 mg tab of me thadone and five suboxine will we need more to ween off? Should I get on a clinic? If u get on a clinic do they take children away? I just want help? We cant do it alone.

Kyle
5:40 pm August 30th, 2014

Alright, this article is fucking stupid. You can tell it’s a highly biased article, Why is snorting heroin bad for you? “Its bad for you because heroin use overall is bad for you”. What kind of answer is that? Whoever wrote this has no idea what the hell heroin is, and gathered their information from other places on the internet that are just as arrogant. There should be articles about damage prevention from drugs, not someone ranting about how snorting it is bad because heroin is bad. Jesus. Heroin use is not all that bad, it has a lot less damaging chemicals than meth or cocaine has. Smoking heroin is the least damaging route of administration. Furthermore, heroin is just diamorphine, so how are you going to say that it has all these bad adverse effects on the body? Morphine is medically prescribed, heroin is derived from morphine during one simple chemical process. Heroin comes from a plant. I hope people out there do more research on drugs, there’s a lot missing from this article.

Matthew
12:33 pm September 7th, 2014

my dad used herofor 15 years and died in 2010. I loved my dad like nothing else and still do. But heroin is not fun. He was always depressed but when he was high it was as if he was a different person. He died from a heart attack after snorting. He was the nicest man in the world. But when he needed to get high, he would pawn all of my video games. It didn’t make me sad. Maybe i should’ve been, and maybe he would’ve stopped. I still remember hearing him vomiting from withdrawals in the middle of the night. My mom divorced him and it kinda ruined our family. He died a week after Christmas. And on that Christmas he managed to use his money he worked for to buy us gifts. It seemed like he was getting better. Ironically he called me a night before he died and told me he loved me.

jasun
2:21 pm September 27th, 2014

I been snorting heroin for bout a year everyday an got to programs a week ago but i used today lik 5-10$bags an got a blood test in a day an a half will it show up in my blood..thanks for ur help

Sergio
11:57 pm September 27th, 2014

Articles like this that just talk about how bad heroin is and to not do it at all are not very informative at all . People are going to use heroin whether this article says it’s great or horrible for you . So in order to reduce the risk for people , why not explain the safest way to use it . It doesn’t have to be glamorized and they can still explain how either way you use it is not safe , but it will reduce the risks of newer users dying . This article contains information that you can find anywhere else or even by asking a parent , and they will give you the same lame answer ” heroin is bad , don’t do it !”

12:55 pm September 29th, 2014

Hello Sergio. This article is intended for those who snort heroin. Also, instead of saying “heroin is bad, just don’t do it” we try to explain the side effects, risks and damages snorting heroin can cause. And, I’m sorry, but I believe there is just no “safe” way to snort this drug.

bob
7:33 am October 11th, 2014

Lol…this article is so damn stupid…go back to school… and don’t do H if u don’t like it…

rain
9:44 pm October 27th, 2014

What if you know of someone found heroin, but they’re in denial but you want to help them get away from it? They won’t admit to you that there use how would you catch them?

Chad
12:26 pm October 31st, 2014

I use to sniff heroin over sixteen years ago. I loved it and thought I would never overcome this demon. I did. I want to give others hope knowing there is light at the end of the tunnel. One must give it time and be strong. I am on Subutex and it works wonders. I have been on and off methadone for over a decade prior to Subutex. I encourage anyone with a dependency to seek help and get this monster off your back.
I now live a normal, illegal drug free life. I used to think I would never turn down some good heroin. Now I am more aware and mature to realize this is a poison and consumes lives. Don’t give up people. It starts right now. God Bless the heroin crack and alcoholics around the globe. There is a better way to live and still have peace and contentment.

schyna11
2:02 am November 4th, 2014

I have recently found out that my daughter father is usiing H when i found out it broke my heart the only thing i could think about was my Daughter and how she did not deserve to grow up without a father in her life so i had to stay strong for her i have read almost all of the comments and can relate to all of them i want to help him but i really dont feel as tho there is any hope i want to feel that it is but this is such a powerful drug i watch him go through the withdraws and i think maybe he wont want to go throught this again he is going to rehad tomorrow and promises that he will complete the program i can only pray and keep showing him that i am there for him but this is the last time i dont want to give up on him but i have been going through this for two years now it started with pills and now H

Peter
10:19 am November 10th, 2014

my son has been using this rubbish for two years can he be cured

chris
10:37 pm November 19th, 2014

How long am I going too be sick after I stop snorting heroin been snorting a gram a day for a year

4:14 pm November 20th, 2014

Hello Chris. The worst symptoms of heroin withdrawal are pretty much better by 4-5 days, but some symptoms, such as sleeplessness, anxiety, leg kicking and cramps may persist for weeks.

11:00 am November 24th, 2014

Hello Peter. How old is your son? Of course he can be helped, you just need to get informed on the suitable course of treatment and options. Explore here: http://addictionblog.org/FAQ/treatment-questions-answers/

Alex
7:55 am December 30th, 2014

I want to try snorting heroin. Any pointers? Thanks.

zach
5:26 am January 2nd, 2015

Snorting heroin as an addiction is bad. Doing it sparingly is fine. Most people don’t have that much self control. I sure dont

kelly
8:26 pm January 5th, 2015

Can snorting heroin cause heart palpitationso or heart attacks i been getting palpitationsa they have been real hard and bad and last one was while i was sitting

derrick
9:45 pm January 8th, 2015

What is the best way to detox myself off of snorting heroin??

5:23 pm January 16th, 2015

Hi Derrick. Self-detox for heroin is difficult because of the cravings; I’d suggest that you seek help with a detox clinic or a psychotherapist. You need a plan and encouragement!

brianna
10:31 pm January 22nd, 2015

ive probably been snorting heroin for about 3 months total but like 3/4 times a week every like 2 weeks…but i dont feel like im addicted because i can stop whenever and not feel bad about it ive even flushed some down the toilet because im scared ill get addicted….does this mean im really not addicted to it? im just worried because i like the buzz but i know when to quit?

carolynmartin
4:20 am February 4th, 2015

Kyl you are mislead. Grow up and face life. Life without heroin. It will kill you.

Beth
5:02 pm February 25th, 2015

If someone did a little line of heroin yesterday how can they pass a drug test today for there P.O plz help

Tola
12:14 am March 11th, 2015

Why does heroin cure my bad breath? I’ve had bad breath coming from my nose for a year now and when I was introduced into snorting heroin, the symptoms went away.

Ashim
5:08 pm March 27th, 2015

heroine is the very dangerous .it is a risc .am an addict
those people has sniff heroine their life is in danger
thanku

Jonathan
1:03 am April 10th, 2015

After snorting heroin how much time do i have until it is able to be detected in a urine test……??I snorted 2 bags 15 minutes before a test….. Will i be negative considering the fact that the urine that was given was already in my bladder and ready to go.. Please answer asap. Thank you

Trap
12:50 am May 2nd, 2015

Today, heroin is not as potent as 6-7 years ago, today it’s cheap,mixed with anything,withdrawal symptoms is weak, the quality of the drug’s strength has been cut in half, a person today
probably spends more for a product to achieve that euphoria(chasing) ,today a person gets lucky to find 60% purity. In Cleve they cut it so bad u can taste the chemicals

kc
2:02 pm May 10th, 2015

Hi ..I’ve been snorting for 8 years ..only had to get sick once ..but I want to get clean ..super scared of withdrawal..if I put my pinky in my nose I can feel a big hole that goes to my other nostril..Will that hole ever close when I am clean ??

CINDY
8:21 pm May 29th, 2015

A FRIEND SNORTED HEROINE 3 DAYS AGO AND STILL IS MESSED UP. WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP?

Jesee
2:45 am May 30th, 2015

How do come down off a high

1:05 pm June 3rd, 2015

Hi Cindy. Get him some medical help.

dom
4:19 pm June 5th, 2015

After snorting i get very angry and can lift more in rage

gr
5:59 pm June 15th, 2015

Vivatrol is GOD if ur hooked no mater what lok up vivatrol

kubach
3:05 am June 18th, 2015

I need to how long heroine snorted along with taking by mouth 30 mg oxycodone, 80 mg oxcontin and 1 mg xanax

Melissa
2:14 pm June 30th, 2015

Can sniffing heroin make your forearm swell up. But they are not using a needle but I noticed that he’s straching it as well he said he got bit by something but that’s hard to believe please tell me know something soon thanks

Mia
5:37 am July 3rd, 2015

My mother is a heroin addict start uses when she couldn’t get any pain pills from her doctor she has serve arthritis someone told her it would take the pain away just recently moved her back to Michigan and I’m catching hell trying to find her drugs, I’m tired made her a doctor appointment hoping he can help with just pain pills. My mother is 76 years old said if you don’t get her medicine as she call it she will die, my question is will she

Jake
7:47 pm July 18th, 2015

I have been having good unprotected sec with a girl who used to be a heroin addict and she says she never injected just snorted it (not that I believe her cause she lied about doing it all together) but if she just snorted it should I be worried about any diseases like HIV

11:50 am July 21st, 2015

Hi Jake. HIV cannot be transmitted through snorted heroin. If you worry and suspect she’s telling the truth you can get an HIV test. They cannot give you results immediately and you’ll have to wait a period of time to know for sure, but it is the responsible thing to do.

Jerbz
8:06 pm July 23rd, 2015

Hey, I have a question I’m on IOP, I just got out of detox Wednesday been clean for 10 days and the day I got out at around 830-1am I sniffed 3 bags and I have a drug test Friday. If I drink a lotta of water and use exercise to sweat it. I usually have a fast metabolism and I weigh 146 and 5’6 so basically I have like a little more then 34 hours depending on what time they test me I go in at 10am-2pm, please answer back thank you.

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