Skin Popping: An Explanation
As experimenting with drug use becomes more popular every day, many new drugs and methods of taking drugs are popping up around the world. When it comes to drugs like meth, cocaine, and heroin the most popular method has been smoking, but an extremely dangerous trend has recently found its way into the drug world called “skin popping.” Subcutaneous injection, or “skin popping,” is a new term that refers to a way a person administers drugs. The drug is injected right into the tissue under the skin, instead of into a vein. Sometimes, users will skin pop into a muscle and other times, skin popping is done into fatty parts of the body. One used to consider this a “miss,” but it’s now being done deliberately by drug users.
The most popular drugs to administer this way are cocaine and heroin. It is becoming a fast-growing trend with drug users because, not only does it create a stronger high, skin popping is also the fallback method that drug addicts have to use when they have over-exhausted their veins. However, there are serious risks when administering drugs this way. Because skin popping slows down the absorption process of the drugs, it gives the drugs a longer period of time (about ten to fifteen minutes) to damage the area around the site and raises the potential for serious skin infections. Often times, people who inject cocaine or heroin by skin popping develop abscesses, or cellulitis, at the injection site and if medical attention isn’t sought immediately, users can develop blood poisoning. Skin popping highly increases the risk of death from drug using. There is also possibility of skin ulcers and rotting flesh from bacterial infections at the injection site. Users can come down with stomach illness, fevers, severe migraines, blood clots, collapsed muscles and even die from injecting drugs into the tissue directly under the skin.
While there are dangers that come with doing any type of illicit and illegal drugs, the skin popping method increases these dangers extensively. However drug abusers decide to inject or take drugs, more information on the potential dangers of taking drugs, especially skin popping them need to be made available to the public. Many people trying this new method of injecting don’t know anything about the side effects or the extremely harmful, potentially life threatening outcomes that are becoming more frequent when people skin pop cocaine, heroin or meth. It’s extremely important that these people seek medical attention and abuse counseling. It is nearly impossible to prevent skin abscesses or infections when popping and at some point, it is likely that all skin poppers will need emergency medical care. With proper education about this new trend and the dangers of it, many lives can be spared, many addictions can be prevented, and many people who feel hopeless may be able to reach out for help. If you know of anyone who is abusing any type of drugs in anyway, including smoking or skin popping, please talk to them about seeking help immediately. Their lives are in danger every moment they continue to use dangerous drugs.