To begin, you’re right if you’re thinking that potent drug-cocktails are nothing new. Users have been mixing drugs for decades to achieve a euphoric high. But the question as of recent has become, why are users creating powerful cocktails when the drugs they’re using as already as intense and dangerous as heroin? The answer: because inconsistency within each batch of heroin is widespread and users don’t know exactly what is in the drug, and neither do the drug dealers (for that matter).
Unfortunately, heroin’s inconsistency has lead users to create drug ‘cocktails’. Cocktails are essentially mixtures of heroin and another substance (illegal or legal). These additional substances could be benzodiazepines, alcohol, painkillers, etc. As of recent, the deadly cocktails have been panning like so: The user will first take a painkiller, such as Klonopin or Fentanyl to a) intensify the high they receive, and b) make the high last longer. This, of course, is assuming that the drug combination didn’t already send the user into an overdose (which it so often does).
Recent batches of heroin have been laced with the painkiller Fentanyl, and have shown to be incredibly deadly due to the potency and likelihood of an overdose. But again, the drug dealer doesn’t know the exact contents of the drug, and so the addict is left to guess. When the user is left to guess about the potency of the heroin, they’ll mix substances. As prior stated, heroin in combination with alcohol or a benzodiazepine (such as Klonopin, Xanax, Valium, Ativan, etc.) increases the risk of danger and overdose tremendously. A quote from WBUR states that:
Data, provided to WBUR by the state medical examiner, shows that last year the vast majority of deaths by overdose were the result of using heroin in combination with Cocaine, anti-anxiety medications, or alcohol. - WBUR, Martha Bebinger
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