Toxic Drug Cocktails

A drug cocktail is a combination of two or more drugs taken at the same time. Taking a drug cocktail is also called “speed-balling,” which is the intravenous use of heroin or morphine and cocaine. While the term was initially used to include these specific drugs, it is now more broadly used for any combination of pharmaceutical opioids and amphetamines. The basic construction of these toxic drug cocktails are opposing components, a depressant and a stimulant.

Side Effects of Stimulants

Stimulants have an immediate effect by giving a person a sense of alertness. Other side affects of short term use include the following:

  • Appetite suppression
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache

While these side effects are often not perceived as being significantly harmful, side effects associated with long-term use of stimulants are as follows:

  • Impotence
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Chronic sleep problems
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Compulsive repetition of actions
  • Paranoia/anxiety/depression/irritability/suspiciousness
  • Weight loss
  • Panic attacks/seizures

Side Effects of Depressants

Short-term effects of depressants include these symptoms:

  • Relief from anxiety
  • Sense of relaxation
  • Increased calmness
  • Increased risk for engaging in unsafe and dangerous behavior

Longer-term effects of depressants may include the following problems:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Agitation
  • Blurred vision
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dizziness and shakiness
  • Trouble sleeping

For both types of drugs, long term use can lead to dependence, tolerance, addiction, and overdose.

Side Effects of Toxic Drug Cocktails

As you can probably imagine, the idea of sending your body and brain significantly mixed messages is dangerous. When taking a cocktail you may not be aware of these issues:

  • Which drug is exercising a greater influence in your body,
  • How your body is going to react to these mixed messages,
  • How to stop your body from reacting,
  • How the drugs will interact with each other.

You may be thinking that people who engage in toxic drug cocktails are doing so only to induce a high. However, an increasing number of seniors who are on a variety of medications are falling victim to this condition. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people who die each year from accidental poisoning, mostly from prescription drugs, has been increasing steadily.

It is extremely important that all people, whether they are current drug abusers or not, carefully monitor the prescribed and over the counter medication they are taking to reduce the risk of consuming a toxic drug cocktail.

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