Polysubstance Use / Fentanyl
Many overdose deaths involve using and mixing multiple drugs. This is very dangerous and might mean the person may have a problem with polysubstance misuse. Often, an individual may use different drugs and alcohol to lessen reactions of another drug. Never mix pain medicines with alcohol, sleeping pills, or any illicit substance.
Illicit Fentanyl is now found in many substances, including pills, and there are dramatic increases in accidental overdose deaths.
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.