What Are Some Signs of Heroin Use? (Snorting)?

Question by kel5204: what are some signs of heroin use? (snorting)?
My boyfriend snorts heroin, and claims he has stopped, and has checked into rehab. What are some signs I can look out for? Symptoms of use, behavior, and personality changes? He snorts so I will not see track marks. Please help.

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Answer by conundrum_dragon
Signs/Symptoms of Heroin Usage

There are several signs and symptoms that should raise a red flag. Pupils of the eyes often are very small in in reduced lighting conditions when pupils normally dilate.

Mainlining: When a user is the beginning stages of direct injection into a vein [mainlining], the most accessible veins are generally used – located in the inner portion of the arm near the elbow joint. This injection site is commonly called “the ditch” by users. If the person is mainlining, you may see scabs on the vein.

In the beginning, the user typically will experiment just once or twice a week and in some cases less often . . . once a month or less. At the early stages, there may be few signs of symptoms. At this point you probably would notice the injection sites. As the user progresses from experimentation to addiction, they will eventually reach a point where they shoot up at least once a day. At this point, several injection sites become noticeable. For example, over a 6 month period, the user will have shot up at least 180 times. This is when the needle marks manifest themselves as “tracks”. Trails of tiny scabs may extend 1-3 inches or more down the arm or leg in a straight line right over top of the vein.

If a person is right handed, he normally uses his right hand to inject himself in the left arm and left handed person normally injects into the right arm.

As the tracks become progressively more visible, addicts will often wear long sleeves to hide the marks.

Injecting repeatedly into the same vein over and over again will cause the vein to collapse or “blow out”. After a period of time, all veins in the arms may be blown out. At that point, the addict usually turns to veins located behind the knee or on the back of the hands.

Physical and Mental Effects

Heroin is a central nervous system depressant which also affects reflexes such as coughing, breathing, and heart rate. Heroin also causes blood vessels to dilate which gives a feeling of warm and can drop blood pressure.

Heroin is used for its euphoric effect. At higher doses, sedation takes over and an overdose will result in unconsciousness, coma, and sometimes death from respiratory failure. The risk for overdose increases significantly if taken with other depressant drugs such as alcohol and tranquilizers.

Opioids like heroin cause people to feel drowsy, warm, and content. The `drug also relieves stress and discomfort by inducing a relaxed detachment from pain and activities. This overall effect is perceived as positive pleasure. Users report a surge of pleasurable sensation or “rush”. However, once the user develops physical dependence and tolerance [needs progressively more drug to get the same effect], positive pleasure is replaced by relief at taking the drug to maintain a feeling of “normality”.

Nausea and vomiting are a common side effect especially when first using the drug. Constipation is a common side effect that can be quite severe.

An overdose may produce slow and shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and death


Answer by solider.of.god
Some physical signs of snorting heroin use are bloody nose, sniffling, and constant sneezing if he is not sick. If he checked into rehab you should be good.

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