What Happens If You Snort Crushed-Up Painkillers?


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Florent Lefortier Profile
That depends on which painkillers you’re using.

If you’re using aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol – anything available over the counter, really – you’ll get nothing from crushing them up and snorting them, other than a nose full of powder and an unpleasant drip.

Most over-the-counter painkillers contain a lot of filler (meaning that the active ingredient only makes up a small percent of the pill) and many of them are highly dangerous to take in large quantities.

However, some prescription-only painkillers can be dangerous and do have the potential for abuse, which is why they’re impossible to legally obtain without a prescription. These drugs are usually opioids, such as:

  • Percocet
  • OxyContin
  • Vicodin
  • Demerol
These drugs can be highly addictive – they’re from the same family as heroin. People who abuse them do it for the high, and not for medical reasons. If you’re in so much pain that you’re thinking of snorting painkillers, you should go to your doctor immediately and get prescribed something that will actually help with the pain.

Crushing-up and snorting pills is never advisable; not only do you risk becoming an addict, but you could easily overdose or damage yourself in other ways. Be sensible!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Snorting the substance is just like swallowing it, but it may intensify the effect of the painkiller and you will have a higher chance of getting one of the side-effects.

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