Mixing Heroin and Other Drugs

There is a trend among heroin addicts to mix their “drug of choice” with other potentially dangerous substances. Obviously, this has been going on for years, with heroin users mixing heroin and cocaine and coming up with what is known as “speedballs”, which has claimed and is still claiming a number of victims unable to handle the intense rush of the heroin coke mix. But now, heroin and alcohol, prescription painkillers and other drugs are commonly being mixed – often with deadly results, most of them leading to heroin overdose death. Consider the following information about how and why people mix heroin with other illicit substances.

Why are People Mixing Heroin and Different Drugs?

One of the elements of opiate addiction is tolerance – meaning that over time it will take more and more of the substance to achieve the desired euphoric effect. By mixing heroin and other drugs, the individual is attempting to heighten their heroin experience – and achieve a feeling similar to that as when they first started using heroin.

What Drugs do People Commonly Mix with Heroin?

Currently, individuals are mixing a number of different drugs with heroin – creating a variety of dangerous concoctions designed to alter the mind. According to law enforcement and addiction treatment professionals, the drugs most commonly used in concert with heroin are:

  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Alcohol
  • Crystal meth
  • Ecstasy
  • Vicodin
  • OxyContin

Each of these drug combinations carries with it side effects and potential dangers that are unique to that mix. The heroin high may be more intense with these mixtures – but so too are the dangers.

What Makes Heroin Mixers so Dangerous?

Illicit drugs are unpredictable, and combining them with one another could produce very deadly results A user never knows what the quality of potency of their dose will be – a fact that is especially true when it comes to heroin. By mixing heroin with another drug, the issue is complicated further. Different drugs interact with one another in unique, often unwanted, ways. Taking a heroin and cocaine mix may cause heart problems, while heroin and alcohol together can lead to serious respiratory issues.

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