Why Opiates and Alcohol Don't Mix

Why Opiates and Alcohol Don't Mix

Opiates and alcohol mix together in what can sometimes be a deadly combination. OxyContin or Percocet may sound tempting to mix with alcohol but side effects may slow breathing and respiration to dangerous levels. There are other hazards of mixing opiates with alcohol. Learn why the two don’t mix.

Opiate and Alcohol Effects

Opiates are central nervous system depressants. Mixed with another depressant, alcohol, an opiate can intensify effects on the brain and body. Some people claim euphoria lasts longer and goes deeper into relaxation when the person drinks with opiates in the system. Both drugs slow motor functions and can knock a person out. The alcohol increases absorption of opiates in the body and people may mix the two for a stronger high.

Potential Dangers

The mixture of opiates and alcohol slows down the body. Drinking while on opiates slows the heart rate and breathing. Taking opiates and alcohol can slow the system and the heart will stop. Opiates make alcohol stronger and more dangerous. Opiates can increase absorption rates of alcohol in the body and poison the body. Accidents happen as a person fumbles around and loses control of the body. Intoxication levels may increase as inhibitions and motor control decrease.

  • Some of the risks include:
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Slowed breathing
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Significantly impaired fine motor skills
  • Tremors
  • Overdose

Using alcohol contributes to a high percentage of opiate overdoses. Mixing opiates and alcohol increases the danger of overdose. Since some opiates aren’t regulated, there may be traced of different drugs in the mix that can contribute to overdose. Mixing opiates with alcohol is like playing Russian roulette. Because of the volatility of the two drugs together, it takes one mix-up to overdose and kill oneself. Combining drugs with alcohol can create respiratory distress and alcohol poisoning. The only way to avoid a possible overdose is to not mix the two together.

It is never safe to drink while using opiates. Both substances exacerbate the effects of the other. There is no telling how long term effects will take place when using the two together. Opiates can be dangerous and alcohol only makes it worse.

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