Understanding The Dangers Of Deadly Drug Combinations For Women

Understanding The Dangers Of Deadly Drug Combinations For Women

In the first part of our dangerous and deadly drug combination series, we looked at deadly drug combinations for men. While it may be common for men to try combining drugs, women are of no exception.

Continue reading to learn more about the deadly drug combinations for women.

Almost every drug available over the counter or through a prescription poses some kind of risk of a dangerous or deadly interaction with other drugs.

For example, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and blood thinning medications can be a deadly combination. Additionally, individual patients face unique risks from some drug interactions based on sex, individual anatomy, and preexisting medical conditions.

 

Deadly Drug Combinations For Women

Drugs for WomenSubstance abuse research from various sources indicates that women who struggle with substance abuse often contend with:

  • hormonal imbalance
  • menstrual cycle problems
  • fertility issues

No two women are alike. Some may experience adverse symptoms of certain conditions more acutely than others.

Additionally, some women may have natural sensitivities to some medication, predisposing them to a higher risk of dangerous drug interactions.

Women and men display different habits when it comes to substance abuse. All women should know the risks of combining certain substances.

Alcohol Combinations

As a general rule it is extremely dangerous to take any kind of medication or illicit drug with alcohol.

For example, opioids combined with alcohol can cause fatal respiratory depression.

The individual falls asleep and stops breathing.

Women generally have lower physical alcohol tolerance levels than men, and, despite outliers who may be able to seemingly handle alcohol better than their peers, still face a severe risk of fatal interaction if they imbibe alcohol while taking certain other drugs.

Here are some of the Deadly Drug Combinations for Women.

1. Alcohol with any type of sedative

This is extremely dangerous combination.
Alcohol itself acts as a sedative, slowing some bodily functions and impeding brain function.

An individual could easily lose track of how much she drinks and then take a sedative, which results in:

  • respiratory suppression
  • severe confusion
  • mood changes
  • mania or delusions that could lead to personal injuries

2. Alcohol and Benzodiazepine

Benzodiazepine medications like Xanax is another dangerous mix.

Combining these substances can cause blackouts, or periods of lost memory.

If a woman forgets how much she drank and then consumes more drugs and/or alcohol, this can cause respiratory failure and liver damage.

3. Ecstasy

This a very popular drug in the club scene, where designer drugs and hallucinogens remain popular.

Unfortunately, this trend often leads to women combining ecstasy with alcohol, creating a false sense of sobriety that often leads to drinking much more than they should.

This can cause episodes of aggression, kidney and liver damage, and blackout periods that may expose them to dangerous circumstances.

4. Alcohol and Cocaine

This can be a very deadly combination, even with a single use.

It is not uncommon for a person to die very quickly after consuming cocaine with alcohol.

Each of these substances damages the liver, and combining them can cause catastrophic liver failure in a very short timespan.

Ultimately, combining alcohol with any other drug generally increases the dangers both substances present.

Men and women typically engage in substance abuse at relatively similar rates, but women display some key differences may point to specific risks facing women who take drugs in the U.S.

Other Drug Combinations

Combining any drugs is extremely dangerous. Alcohol may pose unique risks when it comes to acute harm, such as overdosing, blackouts, and respiratory failure, but other drug combinations can cause severe reactions, too.

1. “Designer” Drugs: Grey Death

This contain uncertain amounts of different harmful substances.

Women who experiment with combination drugs, especially those including opioids, face an extreme risk of overdose and death.

2. Combination of Stimulants and Depressants

Their combination can cause the individual to feel the positive effects of both substances at the same time with apparently no drawback, for a time.

Eventually the individual will feel the side effects and negative symptoms of “crashing” from both substances.

Additionally, these combinations are extremely hard on the heart, potentially leading to acute heart failure.

3. Combination of Different Types of Opioids

This is extremely dangerous for anyone. However, women face a higher risk of suffering an overdose with smaller doses.

Common Drug-Related Issues For Women

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that over 19.5 million adult women in the U.S. have used drugs in the past year.

 

Substance abuse research indicates that women respond to drugs differently than men in many ways:

  1. Women usually use smaller doses of illicit drugs compared to men, but develop addictions in a shorter time period than men.
  2. Drug rehab centers often report women tend to experience drug cravings more acutely than men and relapse after rehab more frequently.
  3. Female sex hormones can cause women to experience the effects of some drugs differently than men.
  4. Women who use drugs often experience structural changes in their blood vessels, hearts, and brains, and these changes tend to happen differently than how they occur in men.
  5. Women generally face higher risks of needing emergency room treatment and dying from overdoses than men.

In addition to these unique risks, women face the possibility of different long-term effects from substance abuse than men do.

The longer a substance abuse problem continues, the more likely an individual is to engage in high-risk behaviors like combining drugs.

A comprehensive substance abuse treatment program can help women in this situation overcome their circumstances and lead healthier lives.

Overcoming Substance Abuse

Fight Drug AddictionCountless addiction treatment centers all over the country offer a wide range of substance abuse treatment services; from medically assisted detox programs to day/night treatment and continuing care.

Any woman struggling with substance abuse should reach out for help as soon as possible, but acknowledging a drug problem is incredibly difficult for many people.

It may require the individual’s friends and family to intervene and encourage their struggling loved one to enter treatment.

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Justin Baksh, LMHC, MCAP, Chief Clinical Officer

Chief Clinical Officer
Foundations Wellness Center

Meet author Justin Baksh, LMHC, MCAP, the Chief Clinical Officer of Foundations Wellness Center. A former United States Marine, Justin holds a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and has also attained the Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional credential.

Justin has over 10 years of experience working with substance use and polysubstance use disorders, as well as anxiety, depression, life stressors, life transitions, trauma, PTSD, ADHD, ADD, OCD, and a variety of other disorders using cognitive behavioral therapy, DBT, biofeedback, strength-based and solution-based modalities. Read Full Bio

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