It’s very important for people to know that drug overdoses, particularly when it comes to opioids, often involve at one other drug, or more. This can be alcohol, a depressant medication, benzodiazepines, over the counter medicines, stimulants, and club drugs. That’s because mixing drugs increases the risk of death or hospitalization as result of respiratory depression (where the central nervous system is depressed).
Most opioid related deaths are accidental. The cold hard truth is the many people don’t know how their body will react to the mix of drugs they consume. In fact, some assume it will be “fun and exciting,” which is the worst attitude to have when it comes to taking opioids and other drugs. And sure, opioids alone are not as bad as people make it seem, because when used as instructed by a doctor, they get the job done in treating pain. The danger comes when you mix with something else – that’s when you are taking a gamble and walking on the edge between life and death.
National overdose education strategies are being implemented to help people understand these dangers, that when combining drugs with opioids, you are playing with fire. You may sleep and never wake up, you may have a seizure and get into an accident, you may stop breathing, or enter a coma, or worse, just die on the spot due to heart failure. Anything and everything can happen when you mix drugs with opioids. Please, when taking opioids, be aware, don’t take risks, and if you or someone you know is struggling with opioid abuse and addiction, seek help before it’s too late. It only takes one slip to end a life, yet one decision to seek recovery from drug abuse and addiction.
Family and Friends of Addicts—please remember—you can’t force an individual deal with an addiction problem. But you can offer support and arrange an intervention for addiction treatment. Reach out to us. Recovery from addiction is just a click or a phone call away. For more information on how to arrange an intervention for your loved one, contact us at:
Florida Center for Recovery – Addiction Treatment Center: 866-910-0417
Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Recovery