Drugs that can kill you: Whether you’ve done them, seen your friends on them or seen the effects they can have on people in movies, you’re probably well-versed on the dangers associated with them. But while most of us know that taking too many pills can cause a heart attack or snorting too much cocaine can cause respiratory failure, a lot of people assume that they have to be addicts or take excessive amounts for that to happen.
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There has been an increase in deaths amongst recreational drug users in the United States in the past decade due to users being uninformed about the substances they choose to put into their bodies. Most young users assume that because they’re popping a small pill and not injecting their arms with heroin, they’re safe from any risk. But little do they know, that one pill can be just as, if not more harmful, than an injection could be.
Most of the time, all it takes to overdose is for the body to get mixed signals from the brain and then shut down, either by overheating, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure or by retaining too much water. For most users, this happens after years of addiction and after repeatedly increasing the dosage taken to the point of no return. But for others, it can happen the first time a drug is tried.
The body is a complex beast and many factors can trigger it to shut down. Whether you accidentally mix heroin with alcohol or drink too much water while you’re partying on MDMA, meeting your drug-related demise is a lot easier than you think. The bottom line is, hard drugs are a slippery slope because there’s a risk associated with every use. Read on to find out about ten drugs that can kill you in minutes, and just how they do it.
10. Crystal Meth
Known as methamphetamine, crystal meth is an extremely addictive drug that affects the human central nervous system. It comes in clear crystal chunks or shiny blue and white rocks and is typically smoked or injected. Popularized by the hit television series Breaking Bad, this drug is dangerous because humans can build up a tolerance to it quickly. When users can’t feel their high anymore, they take a greater dose which can kill them instantly if the meth causes their body temperature to rise too high.