What happens when you snort heroin?

When you snort heroin, you quickly transport heroin via the sinus passages to the bloodstream, and to the blood-brain barrier. We review the risks fo this mode of administration here.

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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.

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
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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