Applying many strategies to do one thing may not be as effective as implementing a proper plan to manage a situation. This saying can be true in many cases. However, when dealing with Heroin crisis, a multi-strategy approach is required to get heroin out of your system in 24 hours or less.

One needs to be steadfast and determined to work it out. This article will discuss the effects of heroin on the body, the elimination half-life of heroin and the strategies employed for its quick removal.

What is Heroin?

What is HeroinHeroin is a type of Opiate that is commonly abused. It is a white or a brownish powder that has a street name of black tar heroin too. It is added to other substances and then abused.

It is a highly addictive drug, and many governments ban it under schedule I and schedule IV. It is also made from a poppy plant like the other opiates. The scientific name of heroin is diamorphine.

It is used by many recreationally for euphoric effects, but many also use it for relieving pain or for Opioid replacement therapy.

It can be taken in the form of injectables; it can be smoked, snorted as well as inhaled. The onset of action is rapid.

What are the effects of Heroin on the body?

effects of heroineHeroin crosses the blood-brain rapidly once it reaches the bloodstream and it caused quick tolerance and built up of dependence. Heroin produces temporary euphoria. It makes the user feel happy and contended.

It causes relaxation of the mind and the body, causing the person to feel calm and peaceful as well as devoid of worries. It also alleviates pain. Thus many people you come across as heroin addicts are those who are suffering from some painful condition.

Heroin also affects the respiratory system of the body. It depresses the respiratory activity, thus overdosing of heroin can be fatal.

Heroin addicts usually suffer from recurrent infections due to continuous use of needles to inject heroin into the body. Such addicts also have heart disorders, liver diseases, hepatitis and HIV/AIDS.

What is the elimination half-life of heroin?

Heroin has a very short duration of action in the body. It has a half-life of around 3 to 8 minutes and is cleared from the body within a few days. However, heroin can be detected for a longer duration.

This is based on the type of heroin taken, the frequency of heroin intake, the mode of ingestion of heroin and the person’s body, weight, metabolism, and age.

Heroin is broken down into morphine which has a longer half-life, approximately 3.6 hours.

How to remove Heroin from your system within 24 hours?

The concept is simple. You want the more urinary output to increase the excretion of heroin. Urinary production can be improved by increasing fluid and electrolytes input.

Continue drinking water till you take the test. At least pee thrice before taking the test. You can also choose diuretics to increase your urinary output. Caffeinated drinks like tea, cola and coffee act as diuretics.

A prescription diuretic like furosemide can also be taken. Take Vitamin B to give the urine sample a yellow color. Diluted urine has a lower temperature, so you might want to warm it by rubbing the jar between your palms.

You can also remove heroin quickly from your system by taking sodium ascorbate combined with baking soda and vitamin C to make the system acidic. This allows the metabolites of heroin to be removed quickly from the body.

Also, ensure that the sample of urine you provide for the test is not the first urination of the day. The first urination of the day contains the highest concentrations of metabolites.

You can even apply the substitution strategy. In this method you only switch your urine sample with a sample that is clean; however, it is very risky.

You can also contaminate your urine sample by adding salt to it, but it can be detected if the pH of the urine is measured.

Frequently asked questions

How long does heroin stay in your blood?

Heroin stays for very short durations in the blood as it has a very short half-life. Blood tests are accurate within 12 to 24 hours of last heroin consumption.

heroin in blood

How long does heroin stay in your hair?

Like other opiates, heroin stays in the hair for up to 90 days.

How long does heroin stay in your urine?

It can be detected in the urine for 1 to 2 days. If higher amounts of heroin are taken, it can show up for a more extended period on the drug test.

What are the variables on which the elimination half-life of heroin depends?

  • Age
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Genetics
  • Body adipose tissue content
  • Amount of heroin taken into the body
  • Quality of heroin taken
  • Metabolism rate of the consumer
  • Health of liver
  • Health of kidneys
  • Hydration level of the body

What are the different tests that can detect heroin in your system?

  1. Urine test
  2. Hair follicles test
  3. Blood test
  4. Saliva test
Jennifer Kurtz studied medicine at the New Jersey School of Medicine (Rutgers). She is passionate about developing her knowledge of Cannabis, Nootropics, Kratom, and nutritional supplements. In addition to attending medical webinars and conferences, she loves to write research-based articles for magazines, healthcare professionals, and medical agencies.