When you use drugs and alcohol together the risks increase for accidental overdose and even death. The reason for this is that depressants—such as alcohol and opiate drugs—slow down the central nervous system. This is the system that controls bodily functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, respirations and response times. Overuse of alcohol can […]
The dangers of combining opiate abuse with other drugs and alcohol.
Opiates are prescription narcotics and illicit drugs made from the opium poppy plant. Opiates include heroin and painkillers like morphine, hydrocodone, fentanyl and oxycodone. Intravenous opiate use, such as heroin injection, produces a powerful euphoric rush, but prescription narcotics can give users a strong high even when used to treat pain. Alcohol, like opiates, increases […]
Opiates are a class of drugs derived from the poppy plant and are used to treat pain. Opiates are also synthesized into illegal street drugs. Morphine, codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone are examples of opiates and include name-brand drugs such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Percocet and OxyContin. In a 2011 report, the National Institute on Drug Abuse noted […]
Many people really don’t consider pain medications, sleeping pills, and steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs as potentially dangerous. But they are. Even drugs like Xanax and the herbal supplement St. John’s Wort can be hazardous to people’s health under certain circumstances. The risk associated with certain drugs is one of the main reasons they are dispensed […]