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Extra Harmful Drug Combinations

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.