Opioids and cocaine are two drugs that are commonly abused together, specifically cocaine with heroin or morphine, which is sometimes referred to as a “speedball.” Taking the two drugs along is extremely dangerous due to the increased risk of overdose, and can result in a fatality as illustrated by the passing of many individuals including several celebrities. The danger of this combination lies in the compounds of each drug. Opiates act as depressants, while cocaine is a powerful stimulant, making them chemically opposing and causing a hazardous effect on the body.
Mixing heroin and cocaine is usually done to receive an intense rush of euphoria, with a high that increases the effectiveness of the drugs by twofold. The two drugs, which have a very high risk of dependency on their own, together create a very strong physical dependence and produce excruciating withdrawal symptoms. Several side effects from the combination of both drugs include a general state of confusion, blurred vision, stupor, incoherence, uncontrolled and uncoordinated motor skills, hallucinations, and emotional effects of paranoia and depression.
There are also grave and permanent risks involved in combining heroin and cocaine. Since cocaine is a stimulant, it raises the heart rate, while opiates, in turn, slow the heart rate down. When the two drugs are taken together in large quantities, the heart can lose rhythm entirely, leading to a heart attack or stroke. This can cause death or permanent health damages like loss of speech, vision or motor functions, dementia, and muscle weakness. Fatal respiratory depression, which is common in opiate drug overdoses, is also a side effect of mixing the two drugs and can occur when the full effects of the opiate are processed by the body on its own since the effects of cocaine wear off much quicker than the opiate.
If you or a loved one is struggling with dependency on opioids and cocaine, we urge you to contact your medical doctor. For more information on choosing an opiate detox program for yourself or a loved one, please feel free to contact our office directly. While we do not offer detox treatments for cocaine, we do provide a clinically-proven treatment for opioid dependency. The Waismann Method is a safe and proven treatment for opiate dependency that utilizes the most advanced medical techniques available. The rapid opiate detoxification procedure is carried out in a full-service hospital in Southern California by board-certified anesthesiologists while patients remain under deep sedation, so they experience minimal conscious withdrawal or suffering.