Wednesday July 23rd 2014

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 memberance 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.

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 notadvisable. Heroin is not recommended for several reasons. It’s illegal, highly addictive, dangerous, and teares 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 anyquestions 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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15 Responses to “What happens when you snort heroin?
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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

2:51 am June 13th, 2014

Have you seen pulp fiction, messes you up!

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!

12:50 pm June 27th, 2014

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

Ivana @ Addiction Blog
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.

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

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