Heroin and Painkillers, a Lethal Cocktail

You’ve heard it. Countless times we hear it on the news that the heroin painkiller combo is a lethal cocktail, however, this doesn’t seem to deter thousands of people who succumb to what it is perceived to be one of the deadliest drug combinations. The 2015 National Drug Control report shows some alarming numbers that highlight the ongoing effort of government officials to effectively curtail the magnitude of the epidemic. In a sense, the combination of opioid prescription painkillers and heroin, is the equivalent of an IED (improvised explosive device) to your body and health. In other words, the combined drug intoxication acts as a lethal explosive to your organism, causing some threatening side effects such as:

  • Brain damage
  • Seizures
  • Heart stroke
  • Coma
  • Stomach bleeding
  • Suppressed breathing
  • Heart problems
  • Liver damage or failure
  • Respiratory failure

Also, it’s worth noting that the problem is getting worse as the segment of heroin users is decreasing in age. In fact, the 2013 National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health reported that the number of persons aged 12 or older who were heroin users in 2013 (681,000) was higher than the numbers in most years from 2002 to 2008. Globally speaking, and based on statistics shared by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. as a country consumes at least 75% of all opioid prescription drugs even though the U.S. population accounts for only 5% of the world’s population.

Upward Trend in Tragic Deaths

The number of tragic deaths from drug poisoning involving heroin has dramatically increase from 380 in the year 2000 to 486 in 2013. It’s worth noting that these statistics reflect only the losses of lives for the state of California. Nationally, the numbers are quite alarming. For the same period, heroin consumption took the lives of 8,260 in 2013 from 1,843 at the turn of the century. As for related deaths due to prescribed painkillers overdose, an analysis by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, “while death rates from overdoses of prescription opioid pain relievers dropped between 2010 and 2012 in much of the country, the death rate of 5.6 per 100,000 was almost triple the death rate of heroin overdoses”.

Labels Are for Jars, Not for People

Unequivocally, the heroin painkiller lethal cocktail ` has proven to be a deadly recipe-if not the deadliest one. Needless to say, government and public health officials are joining forces to heighten, not only public awareness, but also on rolling out preventative programs that can ultimately address the epidemic. Nevertheless, some of the regulations undertaken by government to make it more difficult to abuse prescription painkillers are reflecting, on the contrary, unintended heroin addiction growth rates. Needless to say, drug treatment rehab programs that de-stigmatize drug addiction and mental illnesses are of the utmost importance. After all, people suffering from substance addiction are not jars, consequently the “drug addict” label should by no means be affixed to them.

We Help You Destroy What Destroys You

At BLVD we are cognizant of the fact that people undergoing drug dependency issues are often stigmatized by society, circle of friends, community and even family members. Au contraire, we are fully dedicated to provide a comprehensive and holistic alternative to traditional drug rehab programs that are focused mainly on the isolation of individuals. Generally speaking, the mental health profession tends to ostracize people with addictive disorders. On the contrary, at BLVD we strive to re-socialize our patients in an environment conducive to their reconnection and reintegration to a healthy and wholesome lifestyle. Consequently, we strive to provide you with a toolset to destroy what destroys you, and in the process, helping you maintain a life of sobriety.

When Your Life Is On the Line, Call BLVD 1-866.582.9844

If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.


2015 National Drug Control Strategy. Data Supplement 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2016.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2016.


The Heroin Painkiller Lethal Cocktail