You may or may not have heard of the condition known as a cross addiction.
When an addict habitually combines a cocktail of two or more drugs together to achieve a longer lasting, more intense high, he/she is said to be cross addicted to multiple substances. Many addicts do this with all different types of drugs–prescription pills, street drugs, alcohol and even common over-the-counter cough and cold medicines. Experts are seeing an increase in the development of an opiate cross addiction with combination of OxyContin and heroin together in a deadly combination.
Risks of Heroin and OxyContin Explained
Heroin and OxyContin are both highly addictive opiates.
Heroin (which is also known as skag, H, and brown sugar) is dangerous all on its own just for the simple fact that you never know what the drug has been cut with (combined with, mixed with). Heroin is rarely made available to consumers in its pure form and instead is usually combined with other substances, chemicals or household items. This increases the risk of heroin abuse, in that a user may think he/she can use a certain amount of heroin but find it to be deadly, being unaware of the drug’s chemical combination and cutting agents. the initial rush and feeling of euphoria users experience with heroin makes it one of the most powerfully addictive drugs available today.
OxyContin is a highly potent painkiller prescribed to those with moderate to severe pain, but unfortunately has increasingly become the subject of abuse and addiction. These opioid pills can be snorted, injected, or smoked to produce effects similar to those of heroin. Pain pill abusers generally find after a period of time that heroin is easier to find and less expensive as well, hence making OxyContin somewhat of a gateway drug to heroin.
Recent analysis has shown that OxyContin is more appealing to the adolescent crowd. This is due to some of the more common misconceptions which surround prescription pills, such as:
- “Prescription medications are doctor-approved, so I won’t get hooked on it.”
- “Painkillers are safer and less addictive than street drugs like heroin.”
- “Taking a prescription medication like OxyContin will help me.”
Deadly Opiate Cross Addiction
A habitual combination of heroin and OxyContin can be deady for all abusers, regardless of their age, race, or gender. An addiction to any one drug can be lethal, but a cross addiction to two or more substances simply raises one’s risk for adverse reactions and death due to increased complications and potential drug reactions. Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin, oxycodone, etc.) are intended for use over a short period of time with close doctor supervision to avoid dependency. These substances are known to be risky and highly volatile especially when mixed with other drugs, pills or alcohol.
The commonality of an OxyContin and heroin cross addiction is seen for a number of reasons. A double-opiate consumption simply intensifies the user’s high, making it last longer or potentially subduing one’s withdrawal symptoms. These effects come with the cost of possible negative health effects including:
- Shallow breathing
- Slowed heart rate
- Cardiac arrest
Individuals suffering from a cross addiction need help right away to avoid serious health complications. Heroin and OxyContin addiction is considered a serious issue, and abusers should not wait to get help.
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