preface this by saying he has never IVed heroin
or anything else so he can't speak for that, he's sure it's totally different. He has, however, had pretty extensive experience with popping, railing, and very occasionally smoking a lot of opiates
, heroin included. SWIM was shocked when he tried railing heroin after years of snorting
every stripe of synthetic opiate
to find it didn't feel that different at all. He'd never bought into that "oxycontin is just pharmecutical heroin" shit until he tried h, but after experimenting with snorting a bag every week or two for a few months he didn't feel any real difference from his PK habit.
He felt less anger than on oxy, and had fewer side effects
, but he didn't have any more trouble stopping abruptly than he did with PKs and never had any withdrawls. Over the summer he's in a different location where h is harder to get and painkillers are easier, but he declined to do either because PKS are too expensive to be worth it here and hasn't in several months.
SWIM will be returning to the city in the fall, a city which has very good and fairly cheap heroin and obscenely expensive (litterally probably 20 times more expensive, to give an idea without naming prices) that's good for snorting. He wants to continue snorting opiates occasionally, and given he gets less side effects like constipation and it's much less expensive he doesn't see why he shouldn't use h instead of painkillers. But he just read a bumped thread here about snorting h with 500 horror stories (not that he hadn't heard a million before, of course) and it gave him a little pause.
SWIM isn't looking for a line of current/former junkies to tell him heroin is really fucking addictive and nasty to get hooked on, he knows that. He doesn't need anyone to tell him snorting can lead to shooting, he knows that too. What he would look to hear is from of anyone who's had experience with only snorting heroin and/or someone who's transitioned from painkillers to heroin or vice versa. Anyone had success with occasional, insufflated only use? Anyone gotten seriously addicted without ever shooting? Anyone else compared railing heroin vs. painkillers who had similar feelings as SWIM, or a totally different ones?
SWIM thinks it would be interesting to have a heroin thread about slightly less hard core use than most of the stuff on this forum, which seems pretty devoted to junkie or at least regular injectors. Post any experiences or personal stories here.