Fentanyl is a potent opioid that is deadly in even small doses. Although the drug has caused many deaths and has lead to many users needing detox centers in NJ, that hasn’t stopped drug dealers from mixing the lethal drug with heroin. Despite the apparent danger that has become clear since this deadly trend’s emergence a few years ago, users are still combining fentanyl with others drugs in search of a “higher” high.

On the other hand, while authorities seizing stashes of fentanyl-laced heroin has become fairly common, more recent seizures demonstrate a new trend. Drug dealers are now mixing fentanyl into samples of cocaine.

Why is the Fentanyl and Cocaine Mix Dangerous?

Fentanyl is a depressant and cocaine is a powerful stimulant. These two different classes of drugs affect the body very differently. Mixing of the two causes body systems to aggressively switch between stimulation and depression.

In addition to harsh physical consequences, fentanyl-lace cocaine prompts a new threat. Those that consistently abuse cocaine may now unknowingly encounter fentanyl. Users that are unaware of the added danger are especially vulnerable fentanyl’s effects. With no tolerance for opioids, cocaine users are much more likely to overdose.

Can Detox Centers in NJ Help?

How can detox centers in NJ help with Fentanyl abuse?

While drug abuse of any kind is dangerous, this new combination proves to be particularly hazardous. Cocaine mixed with fentanyl caused 37 percent of overdose deaths in New York City in 2016 alone. If you or someone you know is abusing cocaine, fentanyl, or other illicit drugs, now is the time to act. Contact the Discovery Institute for information on medically supervised detox and other services that can help.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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