What are the dangers of snorting Klonopin?
Snorting Klonopin delivers the drug to the brain without the filters or barriers provided by the digestive system. An increased risk of accelerated harmful side-effects includes impaired thinking, impaired motor coordination, delirium, erratic behavior, and impaired long-term memory. The danger of death by central nervous system depression increases.
What are the Effects of Snorting Klonopin?
When snorting Klonopin and its generic form, clonazepam, the effects of the drug occur quicker and stronger than if taken orally in pill form.
Research comparing methods of delivery of benzodiazepines (BZD) for seizure patients shows that intranasal administration was about nine times faster than intravenous administration. This research focused on administering a stronger BZD to stop an active epileptic seizure faster, but the data gives an indication of the speed at which drugs take effect when snorted. Noted in the literature is the careful consideration to dosage due to the direct route to the brain enabled by intranasal delivery.
Dangers of Snorting Klonopin
Careful monitoring of the intranasal delivery of BZD in medical settings includes lowering the dose administered. In nonmedical settings, people who abuse Klonopin by crushing and snorting it put themselves in danger.
Imagine magnifying and accelerating the following adverse side-effects:
- Drowsiness, lethargy, fatigue
- Impaired motor coordination
- Dizziness, vertigo
- Slurred speech
- Blurry vision
- Mood swings
- Hostile or erratic behavior
- Impaired thinking
- Disorientation, confusion
- Long-term memory impairment
- Death by depression of the central nervous system (CNS)
Instead of a pill being swallowed and absorbed over time through several barriers of the digestive system, snorting the crushed pill delivers the drug directly to the central nervous system. The nasal passages in adults contain large surfaces of blood flow which mean faster absorption in a surface right next door to the brain. The drug goes from point A to point B with no filtration or titration. A standard dose in a pill is, therefore, magnified and accelerated.
To use an analogy, imagine the process of giving gas to a car. Taking the pill form of Klonopin gives the car enough gas for it moves consistently at the speed limit. The person taking the drug feels pleasure at driving the speed limit and wonders what happens if they take more. They give the car more gas by taking a higher dose, accelerating over the speed limit. As the person taking the drug increases the dosage, they develop a tolerance and require more of the drug to achieve that pleasure. Imagine the person increasing the dosage, but unable to achieve what they want.
The next step is to get the gas into the engine faster. Like nitrous to an engine, when a Klonopin pill is crushed and snorted, the effects are more instantaneous. The route to the brain from the nose is direct without filters. Snorting Klonopin is like giving the car gas and nitrous, achieving 100mph almost instantly. It may achieve the desired effect, but the danger of explosion increases.
Klonopin, like other benzodiazepines, magnifies the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA to calm the brain’s activity. In other words, it helps the brain slow down the central nervous system to decrease the severity of symptoms related to seizures, panic attacks or anxiety. When magnified and accelerated through snorting, the brain may slow the CNS too much or too fast, thereby shutting down breathing and heart functions.