How Long does Heroin Stay in Your System

By Admin: May 31st, 2017 in Substance Abuse


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Types of Heroin
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According to American Addiction Centers 1

“Heroin is an illegal opioid, classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in the US due to its addictive quality, damaging nature, and the fact that it has no approved medical use in the country. It’s typically smoked or injected directly into one’s veins for a fast, euphoric high, followed by feelings of contentment, relaxation, and sleepiness.”

How Long does Heroin Stay in Your System

Heroin can stay in your system for maximum 4 to 6 hrs after the last dose; (heroin’s half-life is estimated to be roughly 30 minutes long.2).

Heroin in Your System

The following few factors will also play a role in the heroin stay in your system:

  • The heroin user’s height and weight
  • The amount consumed by the heroin user
  • The speed of an individual’s metabolism.

Heroin abuse is a very bad habit that can distinguish by changes in the routines of heroin addicts and it is used on the streets as entertaining. It can be used in multiple methods; e.g.

  • With injection
  • Smoked in powder form

Types of Heroin

Heroin White Brown and Black
  • White
  • Black, and
  • Brown


There are so many tests available in the market that can detect heroin in your system, e.g.

  • Hair follicle test
  • Urine
  • Blood, and
  • Saliva test

The drug tests mentioned above have been approved by the FDA and that will detect heroin in your system for a longer period of time since the last dose. Sometime, heroin is no longer detectable in an individual’s urine after few days. But some specific tests have been known to have a positive result for up to seven days.


Heroin Addiction Symptoms

  • Pale skin tone
  • Shallow breaths
  • Severe muscle and bone aches
  • Feeling of heaviness
  • Gasping for hair
  • vomiting
  • Change in color of tongue
  • Nausea
  • Change in blood pressure
  • Crying
  • Crying
  • Insomnia
  • Cold sweats
  • Chills
  • Runny nose
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
Side Effects of Heroin

Heroin addiction side-effects vary according to disease and also some other substance abuse may impact the look of difficulties and side-effects of heroin use.

Some main side effects of heroin abuse include:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Clouded mental functioning
  • Emotional challenges
  • Uncontrollable feelings
  • Heart issues
  • Infectious diseases e.g. HIV, HCV, HBV
  • Chronic pneumonia
  • Pulmonary diseases
  • Blood clots or tissue death
  • Bacterial infections
  • Liver diseases
  • Arthritis
  • Rheumatologic issues

1. Reisine, T., Pasternak, G. (1996). Opioid analgesics and antagonists. In: Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, 9th. Hardman, J. G., Gilman, A., Limbird, L. E. (Eds), (p. 521). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
2. American Addiction Centers

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