Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How long does heroin stay in your system?

Heroin is one of the controlled substances in the United States. It is an illegal opioid that has an addictive quality. In fact, damaging in nature.

It is usually smoked, but for people who want to instantly experience euphoric high, the preferred route is through injection. The euphoric high, contentment, sleepiness, and relaxation caused by heroin make people want it even more.  (1, 2, and 3)

The effect of heroin stays in the body longer than meth and cocaine. It has a short half-life, which typically lasts for 30 minutes. How long do opiates stay in your system? It depends on many factors such as:

  • Age
  • Height and weight
  • Body fat
  • Genes
  • Quality and amount of drug
  • Metabolism (4)
  • Liver and kidney function
  • Hydration

(Heroin, one of the highly addictive drugs in the world. Injection is the preferred way of drug addicts because it enables them to reach euphoria instantly.)

(One of the common ways of introducing heroin to the body.)

Drug Testing

The level of heroin in the body can be detected through the urine, blood, saliva, and hair follicle. (4, 5)

How long does heroin stay in your system?

Window of detection

Urine - two days after the last use/ seven days for chronic users.
Saliva - A few hours after use.
Blood - A few hours after use.
Hair follicle - Up to 90 days from the last use.

How long does it take to get opiates out of urine?

  • Opiates can no longer be detected in the urine two days after the last use. If you are a chronic heroin user, traces of drug can still be detected in the urine for up to seven days.
  • Saliva and blood test are rarely used because of heroin’s short half-life.
  • For a reliable drug test, the patient’s hair follicle should be checked. It can detect traces of heroin for up to 90 days or more. Many institutions prefer urine test because it is affordable and non-invasive. Hair follicle test is expensive although it yields a more accurate result. (4, 5, and 6)

How to get opiates out your system fast?

If you want to test negative for heroin, there are things you can do to help eliminate heroin from your system. These include the following:

  • Take green tea. Drink a glass full of hot green tea a day before the drug test. It helps flush out toxins from the body including opiates. A few minutes after taking hot green tea, you will experience a frequent trip to the bathroom. That’s the sign that your body starts to flush out toxins. (6, 7)
  • Increase your intake of vitamin B complex and multivitamin. Within 80 hours, the opioids in the body will be eliminated. 
  • Increase your intake of water. It causes you to pee vitamin water. However, during a urine test, the color of your urine will be checked too. It should contain creatinine. That is why you need to include powder mix. However, powder mix is expensive. If you don’t have the budget for powder drink, the best alternative is eating fish or red meat after drinking water. (3, 6, and 8)
  • Take diuretics so that you will urinate frequently. Examples of diuretics are cranberry juice and tea. You can also take prescription diuretics like Furosemide. 

The sure way to pass a drug test is to discontinue using the drug. Heroin causes a detrimental effect on your health. Hence, its use should be stopped by all means. (2, 3, 5, and 6)

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