Northlake Recovery recognizes that specific drugs can trigger harmful connections when consumed collectively, but some individuals either don’t take the risk seriously or they’re merely uneducated when it comes to certain chemicals and substances.
Harmful Drugs, Deadly Combos
With that in mind, we’ve provided a few fatal drug combos that are killing thousands of people each year.
- “Gray Death”
This is a relatively new combination making countrywide headlines. The fatal blend includes heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil, and a lesser-known artificial opiate known as U-47700. It looks like concrete or gravel and is sold on the streets for $10 to $20 dollars. Believe it or not, this cocktail’s so dangerous it can kill you instantly, no matter your resilience to opiates. So far, it’s primarily affecting areas like the Gulf Coast, Georgia, and Ohio, but authorities all over the nation are keeping a close eye on this new drug and hoping to manage the escalation.
- Alcohol and Benzodiazepines
Alcohol increases the impacts of benzos, and vice versa. That means that drugs like Xanax, Valium, or Klonopin boost the effects of alcohol, making it significantly more potent. And as alcohol-related memory loss becomes more widespread, it’s less complicated to overlook how many drinks you’ve had or how many pills you’ve consumed. You may think you’ve had three beers and 1mg of Xanax, when you’ve really downed a 12-pack and eaten 10 mg of Xanax. This can quickly result in respiratory trouble, liver failure, or death.
- Heroin and Cocaine
A lot of individuals incorrectly think this is a somewhat “safe” mix because the two drugs “cancel each other out” (think mixing alcohol with cocaine). But the reality is the impacts created by this drug combination just make it feel like they cancel one another out. You can quickly become oblivious of your real opiate or cocaine levels, which often leads to unexpected overdose.
- Antidepressants and Ecstasy
Blending antidepressants and ecstasy is a slippery slope. According to research, taking the two together decreases the impacts of both the MDMA and the SSRI. If you’re not aware of this connection, you might think you haven’t consumed enough ecstasy for it to kick in. So, you take more and more, seeking to obtain euphoric results. And this is where Serotonin Syndrome can end up being an incredibly real danger. Many antidepressants raise serotonin, just like ecstasy, tramadol, and a few other compounds. When values get too high, major complications can take place, trauma, severe hypertension, stroke, and coma can occur within minutes. In extreme cases, this can even lead to death.
Whether you’re enfolded in the throes of substance abuse or haven’t crossed that line yet, the principles of science always apply. Don’t risk your life by mixing dangerous drugs; it’s never worth it in the end.
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If you or a loved one shows any signs of drug use or abuse, feel free to contact us anytime so we can help you determine what the next step will be. Call Northlake Recoverys hotline at: (561)-770-6616. We are standing by to help answer all of your questions or concerns.