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How Long Do Drugs Stay In Your System?

 

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Unfortunately, there are many ordinary people, like you and me, who also misuse drugs prescribed for medical treatment such those diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Once the habit starts, would you know how long can they stay in our body?

Fame and drugs are the worst combinations. In fact, the list of celebrities who have battled with drugs includes Drew Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan, Tatum O’ Neal, David Hasselhoff, Nicole Richie, Farrah Fawcett, Robert Downey Jr., and a lot more. Even Adolf Hitler and John F. Kennedy were allegedly using methamphetamine.

  • There are drugs substances that live their chemical marks in our system for a similar amount of time. No matter what method you take the drug, be it snorting, smoking, or swallowing, your body will break it down.
  • Drugs are digested producing metabolites as the products.
  • It may remain in the blood, urine, as well as in your hair for long even without the early effects of the drug.

Drug tests and its administrators look for the traces of these metabolites.

The tests are effective indicators if you have actually used any type of drugs or just come into unintentional contact with them. Hair drug tests specifically are fair and accurate because it can detect drug traces for as long as 90 days from your last use. Blood and urine tests, on the other hand, are most of the time incompetent.

Alcohol

The act of drinking an alcoholic beverage is legal. Therefore, it is not common to be tested for alcohol use. Nevertheless, alcohol will stay in your blood for 10 to 12 hours; 3 to 5 days in the urine; and 90 days in the hair strands.

Weed

Weed, otherwise known as cannabis/ marijuana, can stay in your blood for 2 weeks and up to 30 days in your urine. It can stay for as long as 90 days in your hair.

Cocaine

Cocaine, also called as coke, may show up in 1 to 2 days in your blood; 3 to 4 days in your urine; and up to 90 days in your hair.

LSD

Familiar to many as acid, the LSD or Lysergic acid diethylamide can stay in your blood within 2 to 3 hours and 1 to 2 days in your urine. It can stay up for three days in the hair strands.

MDMA

MDMA, a.k.a. ecstasy, can stay in your blood for 1 to 2 days and 3 to 4 days in your urine. It can last 90 days in your hair.

Heroin

Heroin can stay for 12 hours in your blood; 3 to 4 days in your urine; and up to 90 days in your hair.

Methamphetamine

Popularly called as meth or crystal meth, this substance is able to stay in your blood within 24 to 72 hours; 3 to 6 days in your urine; and 90 days in your hair.

To give an idea of their contrasts, the terminal overdose rate must be taken into account.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 there were 8,200 people who died due to a fatal overdose of heroin. Heroin can only be detected in the urine for 3-4 days. 16,000 people and more died from prescription painkiller overdose in the same year such as morphine because these potent painkillers can stay up to 2-3 day duration in urine.

In a marijuana overdose, no one was reported to have died, but it can linger in your system longer even in combination with other prohibited drugs.

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