The effects of heroin last longer than those of meth and cocaine but it has a short half-life, meaning 50% of the drug is flushed out of your system in 30 minutes. Some studies suggest that this half-life time is an even shorter 3-8 minutes. Heroin is metabolized so rapidly that the morphine and 6-acetyl morphine that it is broken down into what is detected by drug tests more frequently than the heroin itself. For your system to completely rid the body of the drugs, this will occur over quite a few half-lives. 6-acetyl morphine has a half-life of 25 minutes, and morphine’s half-life lasts for 2-7 hours. This is how long the drug stays in your system, but it can be detected for much longer. If heroin, fentanyl, or any drug that provides relief starts causing problems in your life, contact Sunstone Recovery by calling 855.833.9199 for our heroin rehab center.
Contributing Factors to How Long Heroin Stays in Your System
There are several factors that will contribute to how long any drug remains in your system, and heroin is no exception. It depends on the person using heroin, the purity of the drug, how much they use, and for how long. For most people, heroin will be out of their system in 15 minutes, while for others, it will take around 30 minutes. The following indicators, in concert with each other, will determine how long heroin stays in your system:
- Body fat
- Genetic factors
- Liver and kidney function
- Level of hydration in the body
- The asperity of the addiction
- The heroin’s purity
- Whether the heroin was smoked, snorted, or injected
How Long Heroin Can Be Detected in the Body
Several tests are used to test for drugs in your system. Even though heroin may be quickly flushed from your system, it can be detected up to 90 days after your last dose. The following are the ways to test for drugs and how long they can be detected in the body:
- Blood test – Due to heroin’s short half-life, blood tests are rarely used to screen for heroin.
- Saliva test – As with blood tests, saliva tests are not terribly effective in detecting heroin in your system due to heroin’s short half-life.
- Urine test – Most tests administered to detect drugs in your system are urine tests. Heroin can be detected for up to three days after the last dose.
- Hair follicle test – Drugs are detectable in hair follicles longer than any other part of the body. Heroin can be detected up to 90 days after the last dose.
Find a Therapist in the Bend, Oregon, Area
Heroin is a highly addictive and dangerous drug. It may leave your system quickly, from 15-30 minutes, but the deleterious effects will last much longer. Even though the drug is flushed away and its narcosis evaporates, it can still be detected for months afterward. Just because it leaves your system at a faster rate than many other drugs does not mean it is less harmful. In fact, the opposite is true. At Sunstone Recovery in Bend, Oregon, we have a heroin addiction treatment program and a dual diagnosis treatment program that can work together to identify any lingering mental health issues that may have made a contribution to your heroin use. We also offer virtual therapy appointments to help people with the following types of drug addictions:
- Fentanyl addiction
- Cocaine addiction
- Benzodiazepine addiction
By treating these maladies together, you can better understand why you began using heroin and how to stop for good. We can be reached online or at 855.833.9199 for you to take the first step on your journey to wellness and recovery.