View Full Version : Is it legal to snort your own prescription?


danceswthnobody
04-26-06, 02:10 AM
Before someone lays into me about this, let me say that I am NOT going to be snorting anything! I tried snorting something once when I was a teenager and learned the hard way not to do it again!!!

This is simply an intellectual question that came up when I was discussing meds with a friend of mine who also takes Adderall (he claims he has ADD, but he also tells me he really wanted Adderall after reading about up-and-coming execs using it to increase performance in DETAILS magazine).
Is it illegal to snort your own prescription? My bottle reads "Take one tablet twice daily". It doesn't specify take orally.

Anyone know the answer?

splendid4
04-26-06, 02:16 AM
I don't think it's illegal myself. I just don't think it would feel too great. I can only think of cold remedies stating to "snort" salt water to clean out your sinuses. That's not illegal so I woudln't think snorting your prescription should be either. This is the first thread I've read on here. Very thought provoking. lol, good luck!

stanzen
04-26-06, 02:33 AM
Ask a silly question!

Drugs are tested, classified and prescribed by medication content and by delivery system.

If you violate the delivery system you violate the law, especially with a schedule II drug.


As an intellectual curiosity, tell your prescribing doc you've been snorting your meds! Then laugh and say you were only kidding.:faint:

jonquiljo
04-26-06, 05:45 AM
I think you can stick your prescription up any orifice you so desire - as long as its your prescription and not someone elses. At least its that way in California.

Last I loooked, we had laws - but this country isn't Nazi germany yet!

~boots~
04-26-06, 05:49 AM
:faint: If we can crush and sprinkle on sauce, why can't we crush and snort??:faint:

scuro
04-26-06, 08:44 AM
Snorting a stimulant over a short order of time will lead to addiction. As President Clinton would surely say about this topic, "it's the delivery system, stupid". Snorting puts the drug in your brain in fractions of a second and creates the high and crash of addiction. Try shooting alcohol straight into your neck and see if the delivery system doesn't totally change what that drug does. Glue sniffing also creates that rush. Ingest glue and no high.

~boots~
04-26-06, 09:04 AM
. Glue sniffing also creates that rush. Ingest glue and no high.LOL...I know it's not funny, but *what* will happen to the glue if we do swallow it??:D it is a strange, yet rather amusing idea..LOL..we we get bunged up? Or will we just get sick? no..don't worry, I won't try it...:faint:

DianeS
04-26-06, 03:13 PM
I think the answer to your question lies in the big sheet of information that is probably stuffed in the bag with your prescription, and that most people never read.

I dug out my husband's when he first started taking Adderall, and it was very explicit. Had information on taking it, whether he needed food at the same time or not, to avoid alcohol, etc. All sorts of stuff.

And I'm pretty sure it contained the warning that it was illegal to take the medication "in a manner inconsistent with its labeling" which I see on just about everything nowadays. You just have to read the BIG sheet of information to learn how it's supposed to be taken, it doesn't always say those details on the bottle itself.

Shielded
04-26-06, 07:50 PM
People who don't have ADD can snort a 25mg instant release adderall and the effects are similar to cocaine. College students enjoy it and refer to it as "poor man's cocaine."

If you have ADD/ADHD, the high just hits you a bit more and lasts shorter.

And no, it's not legal to do this, and not even WORTH it.

ms_sunshine
04-26-06, 07:52 PM
Is it legal to snort your own prescription?

No. It is drug abuse, and illegal.

PlainlyOrdinary
04-27-06, 06:32 PM
i would discourage abusing your meds, it can set aspin your brain chemistry and keep it confused. and using prescription drugs for a high will alost definitely lead to addiction. but i can't really see any law governing HOW you take your meds AFTER BEING LEGALLY PRESCRIBED THEM. i mean abusing drugs is illegal, but taking a dosage of a legally prescribed drug in nonaccordance with the label is something that couldn't be enforced. too many variables.

i have been prescribed medication on inumerable situations where the prescribing doctor altered the dosing instructions. so using the medication contrary to the labels use, so long as you do not give the drug to anyone not prescribed it, doesn't seem like it could be a crime.

having said that, i find it quite frankly orwellian that governments tell people what they can and can't put into their own body.

Tater
04-27-06, 06:59 PM
Good question- i think that its illegal to do it, i think it specifies to orally take it- and has been said before, depending on what you do depends on how the drug effects you- so probably not legal.

Hyperion
04-27-06, 08:57 PM
well the truth is that no one is likely to see or catch you, so you'd be unlikely to be arrested.

However, it should be mentioned that pills, tablets, or capsules are designed to be swallowed orally. They often contain ingredients which are perfectly safe in your GI tract, but which can cause serious health problems if snorted. Specifically, many of them are not water soluble and can clog up your sinuses, resulting in improper mucus drainage that can lead to infection. If they get to your lungs, they can cause all sort of problems in terms of cutting, tearing, and damaging the alvioli in your lungs, and clogging them up because they are insoluble in water and cannot be cleared.

Plus, there's a good chance that you wouldn't even feel any effects. A 10mg pill would contain 10mg of active ingredient in several grams of inert material. Most of the inert material would most likely clog the sinus lining of your nose, preventing the tiny amount of active ingredient from absorbing. Any effect you received would most likely be due to material that dripped down the back of the throat and was absorbed in the GI tract anyways.

So just go ahead and swallow your pills, it's how they were meant to be taken.

Oh, and it goes without saying that you should never inject a pill, doing so could kill you.

danceswthnobody
04-29-06, 02:48 AM
LOL...I know it's not funny, but *what* will happen to the glue if we do swallow it??:D it is a strange, yet rather amusing idea..LOL..we we get bunged up? Or will we just get sick? no..don't worry, I won't try it...:faint:I used to always sneak the paste to a corner and eat it...I guess that might explain a lot!

Seriously, it is an intellectual curiousity. I can't even stand saline spray in my nose, it hurts and makes me sneeze like crazy. I can only imagine something like Adderall would hurt like crap!

Besides, it works great going down with a Diet Coke.

danceswthnobody
04-29-06, 02:51 AM
well the truth is that no one is likely to see or catch you, so you'd be unlikely to be arrested.

However, it should be mentioned that pills, tablets, or capsules are designed to be swallowed orally. They often contain ingredients which are perfectly safe in your GI tract, but which can cause serious health problems if snorted. Specifically, many of them are not water soluble and can clog up your sinuses, resulting in improper mucus drainage that can lead to infection. If they get to your lungs, they can cause all sort of problems in terms of cutting, tearing, and damaging the alvioli in your lungs, and clogging them up because they are insoluble in water and cannot be cleared.

Plus, there's a good chance that you wouldn't even feel any effects. A 10mg pill would contain 10mg of active ingredient in several grams of inert material. Most of the inert material would most likely clog the sinus lining of your nose, preventing the tiny amount of active ingredient from absorbing. Any effect you received would most likely be due to material that dripped down the back of the throat and was absorbed in the GI tract anyways.

So just go ahead and swallow your pills, it's how they were meant to be taken.

Oh, and it goes without saying that you should never inject a pill, doing so could kill you.Snorting sounds painful enough, but the thought of injecting anything makes me queasy! How could anybody do that I wonder? Isn't it easy to kill yourself (unintentionally) if you get air bubbles in a syringe or is that just urban legend?

Hyperion
04-29-06, 11:09 AM
no, it's very true. The medical term for an air bubble in one's bloodstream is an "embolism." When this embolism reaches the rain, we call it a cerebral embolism, when it reaches the lungs, we call it a pulmonary embolism, either way, not good.

william tell
04-29-06, 11:23 AM
The real deal is what the heck are you thinking as you crush the meds up into a powder and get your snorter out
you are already engaging in abusive behavior and you know it - why ask us ?

katatak
05-13-06, 07:58 AM
I had a major sinus infection at one time and my ENT instructed me to take saline rinses into my sinuses three times a day. I had specific instructions on how to mix the saline solution. No table salt (I used sea salt which was acceptable), and I had to add a small amount of Bicarbonate of Soda to act as a buffering agent to get the right PH balance. It was a revelation to me ... most disconcerting but I got used to it. Because of the way the saline was mixed, it didn't burn, just cleaned all the junk in my sinuses out and I could breathe!

Later, because the infection was resistant to all but one antibiotic, I had to use a solution of the antibiotic and push that into my sinuses. It also wasn't painful. It was an effective delivery mechanism for a drug I would have had to be hospitalized and have it administered intravenously.

I have also had asthma, and anyone who has had asthma knows that there are several medications which you inhale. They are very fast acting because the muscous membranes which line your broncheal passages and the inside of your lungs.

There are also some medications which are called sub-lungual medications. They are admistered by placing them under your tounge. For the same reasons the asthma medcations work fast, sub-ligual medications are absorbed almost immediately.

The medication we take for ADHD are not designed to be administered that way. I understand that the speed with which you deliver the medication to your system also has an effect on how fast it leaves. We want to avoid the roller coaster ride up and down. Ultimately it is uncomfortable and very disconcerting at the end of your day. I always hated having my stomach left in my mouth on a fast elevaor ride down!

Your question is basicaly about delivery systems for medications. Each medication is unique. There are some which must be taken orally because they depend on your stomach acids to correctly metabolize them other medications would be completely destroyed in your stomach.

Its an interesting topic!

cheers,
katatak

Obiwan
05-13-06, 08:35 AM
I can't believe the legality of this is being debated. Legal or illegal, it's abusive behavior. That abusive behavior gives ADD'ers and ADD meds a bad name. If we want the FDA, congress, senate, and general public to write, support, and pass legislation limiting effective ADD treatments due to abuse potential, keep reading "Take 2 tablets daily" anyway you want to. Otherwise, swallow them down in the exact amount the bottle says.

gamer6592
01-15-12, 02:37 AM
I think you can stick your prescription up any orifice you so desire - as long as its your prescription and not someone elses. At least its that way in California.

Last I loooked, we had laws - but this country isn't Nazi germany yet!

As long as it's your orifice and no one else's too!