Is it safer to snort or inject heroin?

What is least harmful, snorting or injecting heroin?

asked 14 Aug '12, 17:45

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Diacetylmorphine, or heroin, is an opiate analgesic derived from the opium poppy.


Heroin Abuse

Recreational drug users seeking a “rush” may choose to snort (inhale through the nose) drugs in powder form, in order to achieve rapid absorption into the blood stream.


Heroin Addiction

Drug addicts become immune to the effects of drugs over time, and may require large doses that must be injected or snorted (inhaled).

Heroin available on the streets used to be of a very low grade on average, and users had to inject it to get the high they wanted. With needles, however, come the risk of spreading AIDS, hepatitis, and other disease. Needles also leave scars, or "tracks", and many people are simply frightened to use them.

Now, heroin is getting stronger, and users can snort it. Snorting avoids much of the risks associated with injecting, however snorting is also harmful to the body, especially with heroin. Snorting results in deviated septums and bloody noses, not to mention a perpetual feeling of congested nasal canals and sinus after use.

It's never "safe". Both still put heroin in your body, and that alone can be harmful, even fatal.


answered 15 Aug '12, 14:43

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If I had to do it, I'd snort it, I guess. But I would never do it, so what do I know. Neither is "safer", in my opinion.


answered 15 Aug '12, 16:13

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