Why Adding Fentanyl Makes Cocaine Far More Dangerous
Despite its widespread use over hundreds of years, cocaine remains one of the most dangerous and addictive substances on the planet. No matter what form it takes or how it is ingested, cocaine harms the body and creates a powerful dependency among its users.
If that is not bad enough, there has recently been a wave of fentanyl-laced cocaine, ramping up the dangers even higher and putting both hardcore addicts and unwary first-time users at risk. Fentanyl is even more addictive, dangerous, and even more deadly than cocaine itself, and combining these two toxic substances is truly a recipe for disaster.
Even if you only suspect someone in your life has been using cocaine, it is essential to get them into treatment right away before they have a chance to experience the enormous dangers fentanyl-laced cocaine can introduce.
At WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab, we have the expertise and the experience needed to tackle this toxic drug combination head-on, putting you on the road to recovery and pulling you back from the brink of enormous danger.
Why Do People Combine Fentanyl and Cocaine?
As with all other combinations of legal and illegal drugs, there are many reasons why a user might combine fentanyl and cocaine. Just as there is no such thing as a typical drug addict, there is no one reason why this combination is used, and it is important to understand the factors that could be at play.
Sometimes the combination of fentanyl and cocaine is entirely unknown to the actual user, and that ignorance can make the mixture even more dangerous. Drug dealers may use fentanyl to stretch their supply of costlier cocaine, increasing their profits while putting their customers at risk.
In other cases, users may not know that the cocaine they are ingesting has been cut with fentanyl. They may be looking for a different kind of feeling or a higher high. No matter the intention, this drug combination can be incredibly dangerous and highly toxic, and every use increases the danger.
Unknowingly Combining Fentanyl and Cocaine
Using cocaine and fentanyl together knowingly searching for a better high is terrible enough, but not knowing is even worse. Unfortunately, fentanyl-laced cocaine has become an epidemic on the streets, as dealers seek to boost their profit margins at the expense of their unwary customers.
The dangers of fentanyl-laced cocaine are magnified when the user does not know that the adulteration has taken place. That is why it is essential to seek quality drug treatment as early as possible before the risk of accidentally trying these two powerful drugs occurs.
Side Effects of Fentanyl Laced Cocaine
Cocaine use has dangerous side effects, and fentanyl-laced cocaine presents even greater dangers for addicts and first-time users alike. If you or someone in your family is experiencing any of these side effects or symptoms, you need to get them into treatment immediately. The symptoms include:
- Labored breathing
- Sudden overdose
- Changes in heart rate
- Worsening mental illness
- Liver and kidney damage
- Damaged blood vessels
Risk of Overdose from Fentanyl Laced Cocaine
The fentanyl-laced cocaine could be many times more powerful than cocaine on its own, and that power could set up a deadly overdose, even for the first-time user.
Quitting either drug on its own or both together is a huge challenge and one you should not tackle on your own, which is why it’s vital to avoid the dangerous and potentially deadly combination of fentanyl-laced cocaine.
Drug Detox and Rehab at WhiteSands
Whether you are a long-term addict or a new user, it is important to recognize the dangers and seek treatment as soon as possible. Cleansing your body of the toxins of these drugs is the first step, and that is what you can expect when you begin your journey to recovery with a call to WhiteSands Alcohol and Drug Rehab.
When visiting our Florida facilities, we will develop a customized detox plan just for you, one that focuses on helping your body heal in a safe, gradual, and highly supportive environment. Through our use of medication and the support of our medical team, you can begin your journey to healing so that you can put the dangers of fentanyl-laced cocaine behind you.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.