Snorting Oxycontin is very dangerous as it enters the body and can impact the brain and other organs. Learning about the effects of snorting Oxycontin can be distressing but it is necessary to find out how it impacts the body so family and friends of a loved one with addiction can offer proper support.

What’s In It

Oxycontin is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. The main active ingredient is oxycodone, a narcotic. When a person snorts the drug, not only is oxycodone entering the system but all the inactive ingredients as well, including magnesium stearate, titanium dioxide and coloring agents.

How it Works

Oxycontin works in the body through the central nervous system, which consists of the brain and spinal cord. The main ingredient acts on the brain by binding to opioid receptors, altering the body’s perception of pain and causing feelings of euphoria. When taken as prescribed, Oxycontin causes feelings of dizziness, lightheadedness and mood changes.

Getting High

Snorting Oxycontin causes large amounts of the drug to instantly enter the bloodstream through the nose and nasal passages. This is dangerous because it causes oxycodone to be absorbed in higher amounts than normal which cause abrupt cessation of breathing. High doses might be tolerated by a person with a higher threshold but the risk of adverse side effects can impact a person significantly if he or she has not used it frequently.

Snorting vs Oral

Narcotic pain medication can be taken orally, nasally or intravenously. Oxycontin is effective when taken orally and may result in euphoric feelings. Oral forms are much safer as the dose is more controlled. Snorting Oxycontin causes a quicker onset of effects, causing almost immediate pain relief and euphoric side effects. This quick fix can also poison a person.

Some side effects of taking Oxycontin include:

  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures

The most serious risk is that of overdose or death from snorting Oxycontin. Other dangers may exist including the risk of addiction to the medication. The increased risk of accidents can happen when snorting Oxycontin due to impaired abilities and slower reaction time. Crushed Oxycontin may harm nasal passages and spread disease to others.

It is important to know the risk factors associated with use of Oxycontin and to avoid the frequent use of the drug which can result in dangerous health consequences.


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