Mixing Cocaine with Alcohol and Other Drugs

Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant, and, despite generations of education and awareness, cocaine use continues unabated. Whether snorted as a powder, injected as a liquid or smoked as crack, there is no safe way to use cocaine. Powdered cocaine is often cut with any of the following:

  • Cornstarch
  • Sugar
  • Vitamin C powder
  • Amphetamines
  • Other drugs

These additions make cocaine a chemical mystery to the end-user and increase the dangers of cocaine and the potential for overdose. Cocaine stimulates the cardio-vascular system and gives the user a rush of energy and euphoria when used. Tolerance is built quickly and requires users to take increased doses of cocaine to achieve the original effects. Eventually, no amount of coke will recreate the original high, leading users take multiple substances. Because of the unique properties of the drug, though, these combinations are significantly more dangerous than cocaine alone and are often fatal.

Combining Alcohol and Cocaine

One of the most common drug combinations is cocaine and alcohol. When the two substances meet in the user’s bloodstream a substance called cocaethylene is created. This new chemical increases the effect of the cocaine on the user’s system and places particular strain on the heart.

Combining Heroin and Cocaine

One of the more famous cocaine cocktails is the speedball, a blend of coke and heroin. The two drugs amplify each other. The cocaine, a stimulant, can radically increase heartbeat. Heroin, on the other hand, is a central nervous system depressant, and it will slow the heart down. The effects of the cocaine wear off quickly, but heroin is a longer-acting drug. This combination can cause the heart to lose rhythm, greatly increasing the risk of heart failure.

LSD, Ketamine and Other Designer Drug and Cocaine Combinations

LSD (acid) is a powerful hallucinogen that is as fast acting as cocaine. Though there are no known chemical reactions between LSD and cocaine, the risk of reckless behavior increases greatly when the drugs are combined. Ketamine, known on the street as CK1, is another popular drug to use with cocaine. The combination of cocaine and Ketamine has become popular in nightclubs and raves. Ketamine, a drug developed in the 1960s to replace PCP, is a powerful and dangerous drug even when taken on its own. Possibly because it has been a part of the drug landscape for so long, cocaine is one of the central ingredients in these and various other designer drug “cocktails.” It is mixed with amphetamines, ecstasy and other dangerous drugs. Mixing cocaine with other drugs increases the risk of overdose and death exponentially.

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