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Polysubstance Use / Fentanyl

Game of Chance

Accidental overdose deaths can happen when using and mixing pain medications (polysubstance use) with other drugs and alcohol. This includes fentanyl whether taken knowingly or not. It is never safe because the combination may be stronger or more unpredictable than one drug alone.

People may use different drugs and alcohol to change the effect of another drug. This can be a risky game of chance. This is also known as polysubstance use and applies to prescription drugs.

Intentionally mixing drugs happens when a person takes a drug to increase or decrease the effects of a different drug or wants to experience combinations of different drugs and alcohol.

Unknowingly mixing of drugs and alcohol happens when someone takes drugs that have been mixed or cut with other substances, like fentanyl, without their knowing.


Fentanyl can be hiding in any drugs, and it takes as little as the size of a pinhead to kill. You can’t see it, taste it or smell it. It can be found in pill and powdered form and is commonly mixed with heroin, cocaine, meth, percs, crack and addies to make them more powerful.  It is also mixed in liquid form as nasal sprays, eye drops, and dropped onto paper or small candies.

Illegal drugs don’t come with a list of ingredients. Don’t take the chance.

How to Check for Fentanyl

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Talk to Your Kids About Fentanyl

Risk of Mixing Opioids with Benzos

Both benzodiazepines (including Valium, Xanax and Klonopin) and opioids cause sedation and suppress breathing; combining these drugs increases a person’s risk of overdose and death.

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Xylazine Caution

Xylazine is an animal tranquilizer and not approved for use in humans. It is increasingly found in combination with street or illicitly manufactured fentanyl or non-prescription fentanyl.

Xylazine is commonly known as the street drug called “tranq” or “tranq dope”. When tranq is mixed with fentanyl it can increase the chances of experiencing an overdose and potentially complicate the response.

Tranq slows breathing and heart rate and lowers blood pressure, which can intensify some effects of fentanyl, and especially if fentanyl is used in combination with other depressants such as alcohol and benzodiazepines.

If you are a bystander and you aren’t sure whether someone is high or experiencing an overdose, treat it like an overdose.  Immediately call 911, give up to 3 doses of Narcan (naloxone), and if willing, give rescue breaths or put the person on their side so that if they vomit, they won’t choke on it.  Continue to monitor breathing until first responders arrive. The immediate goal is to make sure the person’s brain is getting oxygen by restarting the lungs, even if the person does not “wake up” after being given Narcan.


Open wounds or any abscesses should always be checked by a medical provider as soon as possible because untreated wounds can lead to a blood infection (sepsis) or other serious conditions. If someone has wounds and believes that they’ve been using fentanyl that contains xylazine, they should let the provider know as wounds associated with xylazine require specialized treatment.

Tranq and other drugs can cause a heavy nod, exposing someone to possible theft and physical or sexual abuse.

Harm reduction tips for heroin, fentanyl, and other drugs are designed to reduce the risk of overdose. The idea behind harm reduction is not to necessarily eliminate substance use but to diminish its harmful effects.


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Tips for safer use

  • Carry Narcan
  • Listen To Your Body
  • Test Your Supply
  • Don’t Use Alone
  • Use Slow

It’s not about the strength of the person, it’s about the strength of the substance.

Save a Life

Anyone can witness an overdose. Do you know what to do?

If you are a bystander, it is important to carry Narcan and have it on hand. f you aren’t sure whether someone is high or experiencing an overdose, treat it like an overdose – you could save a life. Call 911 – You are legally protected unless you have a warrant, probation or parole.

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Myths About Fentanyl Exposure

You can’t overdose on fentanyl by touching a doorknob or dollar bill. The only time it is absorbed through the skin is with a doctor prescribed fentanyl skin patch—and even then— it takes hours of exposure.

Inhaling secondhand smoke from someone smoking fentanyl will not cause an overdose.

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Fentanyl can’t be seen and has no smell or taste and people all over New Mexico are unknowingly taking fentanyl laced pills and powders. Fentanyl is mixed randomly, and one dose may not contain it while another does will.  It also found in counterfeit nasal sprays and eye drops.


  • Never use alone.
  • Always carry Narcan to save someone overdosing.
  • Test the supply. Knowing what is in the opioids you are about to take can help with the decision of how much and how best to use them.
  • Use slow. Opioids can act fast on your brain and body. Fast action puts you at greater risk for an overdose.
  • Listen to your body. Overall health impacts the risk of an opioid overdose. Hydrate, eat, and rest as much as possible.
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