The Dangerous Mix of Party Drugs and Marijuana

The Dangerous Mix of Party Drugs and Marijuana

Although death caused by ingesting several drugs simultaneously, also called combined drug intoxication (CDI), used to be rare, today it is fairly commonplace. The main reason people combine drugs is to intensify a high, creating a more intense euphoria than they can get from one drug alone. Other circumstances under which people mix drugs include the following:

  • When they take an illicit substance while already taking a prescription medication
  • When they drink alcohol with another drug still in their system
  • Accidentally
  • To ease the “comedown” off of another drug
  • For no reason other than the fact that they were offered

Recreational drug mixing is common among social drug users, many of whom will switch between several drugs during a single session. Marijuana is often used to soften a comedown off of party drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy. Other party drugs such as heroin and cocaine, which can be mixed to form a drug called “speedball,” are blended to create a high that has several properties.

Mixing: Dangers and Consequences

Anytime a person takes a drug that impairs thinking and judgment, risk of overdosing increases. When under the influence, people often forget important information such as the following:

  • What drugs they took
  • When they took them
  • How much they took

Combining several drugs makes each one more toxic. Other reasons why mixing drugs is dangerous include the following:

  • Taking similar types of drugs increases their adverse effects
  • A drug may affect you in a particular way that makes the other drugs you take more dangerous than usual
  • The drugs may interact in unexpected ways
  • One drug may require you to take a higher level of another than you usually do, which can result in overdosing

Short-term consequences of mixing drugs can include the following:

  • Coma
  • Respiratory attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizure

Combining two depressive substances increases risk of health problems that include the following:

  • Coma
  • Respiratory attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizure

Combining two stimulants raises the risks of conditions that may include the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizure

People who become addicted to multiple drugs should seek professional treatment immediately, before negative consequences of drug use catch up. Getting help at an early stage of addiction results in a less complicated detox and recovery.

Getting Help for Addiction to Party Drugs and Marijuana

You can recover from addiction to party drugs and marijuana. Admissions coordinators are available at our toll free, 24-hour helpline to guide you through the transition to a drug-free life. Don’t go it alone when help is just one phone call away. Please reach out.