It’s easy to mix drugs, whether prescribed or not, but it can quickly lead to trouble. The technical term is “polysubstance use”, when someone takes a drug to increase or decrease the effects of a different drug or to experience the effects of the combination.
This often happens unintentionally, when someone takes a drug that’s been mixed with other substances, like fentanyl, even back in 2019, nearly half of drug overdose deaths involved multiple drugs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Some people may mix an upper (stimulant) with another upper to amplify the effect. The same is true for downers (depressants). Add to this yet another drug – alcohol – and the health risks become even more serious. Stimulants can cause a heart attack or brain injury while depressants can lead to organ damage and overdose.
Those taking a drug to aid in addiction recovery, such as buprenorphine (which is far less potent than fentanyl), may sometimes use meth in an effort to get high. But today, both stimulants and depressants are cut with fentanyl. Heroin, cocaine, meth, ecstasy – virtually anything you get from a dealer can contain fentanyl, in wildly unpredictable doses.
Taking mystery drugs is a bad idea. Mixing them? Even worse.