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Drug cocktails fueling overdose crisis across US
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In recent years, the United States has witnessed a sharp rise in overdose cases involving a combination of drugs like fentanyl, cocaine and heroin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 48 percent of overdose fatalities involved drug cocktails. Autopsy reports of such cases indicated that a single drug did not lead to the overdose death. Researchers say that when people combine two or more drugs without realizing their side effects, the results could be fatal.

One of the main reasons for mixing various drugs is psychological. People want the best of everything, and that applies to drugs as well. According to experts, individuals use a cocktail of drugs to intensify the euphoric sensation. Daniel Ciccarone, a professor of family and community medicine at University of California San Francisco, says that it is extremely rare to see a person enjoying just one type of drug. According to the CDC, in 2014, approximately 65 percent of opioid-related overdose deaths happened due to consumption of a combination of drugs.

Some popular drug mixes involving cocaine 

An extremely powerful and addictive central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, cocaine comes in two forms — powder and crystal. It can be injected, snorted or smoked. Cocaine is one of the most abused drugs in the U.S. In 2016, it was estimated that 1.9 million people aged 12 or older were current users of the drug. Cocaine is combined with depressants, such as heroin and alcohol, for a varied drug experience. Some popular cocaine cocktails are:

Heroin and cocaine: One of the most common drug mixes is known as speedball. This combination involves cocaine and heroin. Individuals who have developed a tolerance to heroin, mix it with cocaine to draw more pleasure. Another reason for mixing cocaine with heroin is that the combination relieves the uncomfortable withdrawal pangs associated with heroin. As the effect of one drug is contrary to the other, a person ends up having more than the required amount which could lead to a fatal overdose.

Methadone and cocaine: Another frequent drug mix is methadone and cocaine. Methadone is primarily an opiate, which is used for tapering a person off the prescription opioid habit. However, when the drug is mixed with stimulants for getting a dopamine rush, it defeats this purpose. Additionally, the two drugs have opposite effects — while cocaine increases the heart rate, methadone does the opposite — which can have fatal consequences.

Fentanyl-laced cocaine: Another common killer that is doing the rounds in many American cities is fentanyl-laced cocaine. Most people will not use fentanyl if they are informed beforehand. Therefore, drug dealers are surreptitiously mixing cocaine with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, to make it more potent and also to increase their customer base.

Seeking treatment for cocaine addiction

Cocaine, either taken alone or with a combination of other drugs, can have detrimental effects on an individual’s life. The drug is widely used across the country. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 867,000 Americans aged 12 or older in 2016 had a cocaine use disorder in the past year. However, cocaine addiction can be managed or treated, provided the user recognizes the need in time and takes steps to rectify the damage through detox and medication at a professional rehab.

A leading treatment provider of addiction, mental health and co-occurring disorders, Sovereign Health offers its patients world-class facilities and cutting-edge technology to overcome their problems. In addition to traditional clinical treatment options, we offer evidence-based modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), neurofeedback, and individual as well as group therapy. Our El Paso facility, one of the best cocaine rehab centers in Texas, treats each patient as per his or her requirements. To learn more about our cocaine addiction treatment programs, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with an expert.

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