Thursday September 18th 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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25 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?

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.

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.

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