The reality is, drugs are harmful to our body. The same is true even for
legal prescription drugs. However, as a criminal defense lawyer, I am
well aware that many people often use drugs. I recently ran across some
research outlining especially harmful drugs and thought I would give a
quick post to continue to the conversation. Again, drugs can kill you
even without extra harmful combinations, but the following is a non-exhaustive
list of a few of the extra harmful and popular combinations one should avoid.
1. Alcohol and painkillers such as hydrocodone, fentanyl, hydromorphone,
morphine, and oxycodone.
2. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines. This can cause respiratory failure
3. Prescription Tylenol 3 and over-the-counter Tylenol. The acetaminophen
in Tylenol is toxic to the liver in high doses. Taking acetaminophen with
an opioid, causes major stress on the liver and potentially cause liver failure.
4. Cocaine and opiates. The opiates cause respiratory depression, while
cocaine can cause strokes, seizures, and heart attack. If you are doing
both, it cause extra difficulty and makes it especially hard to determine
the real problem. This "speedball" has led to numerous deaths.
5. Cocaine and ecstasy. When you combine two stimulants like this, it compounds
the damage of each and leads to cardiovascular damage and strokes.
6. Alcohol and cocaine. When you combine these drugs, a toxic chemical
called cocaethylene is formed and causes long term health problems.
7. Benzodiazepines, narcotic painkillers and sleeping pills. The additive
effects of Benzodiazepines suppress breathing as well as prevent you from
recognizing just how high you really are.
As a criminal defense attorney, I may be able to defend you if you are
charged with a
drug case. If you aren't charged with a drug crime, but simply need a referral
to deal with a drug addiction, feel free to call and we will help you
get the assistance you need.