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What Are the World's Most Dangerous Drugs?

March 9, 2021

It is an unfortunate and sad reality that drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, surpassing the number of deaths due to car accidents. To evaluate the causes of these unnecessary deaths, researchers are studying a broad range of factors that may contribute to this, including the rise in mental health issues, availability of both prescribed and street drugs, and the toxic combination of substances. Sadly, the death rate of accidental overdose can also be attributed to the very existence of some of the world’s most dangerous drugs.

The experienced addiction specialists at BrightView are well-versed in the various drugs now available to individuals contributing to their substance abuse disorders. They believe in treating the root cause of addiction while recognizing the significance of patients remaining at home during drug addiction treatment. We have designed our programs to ensure lifelong sobriety while allowing those who suffer to manage their lives, families, and jobs. To learn more about how an outpatient addiction treatment center may be right for you or a loved one, reach out today by calling 1-833-510-HELP.

The World’s Most Dangerous Drugs

Not all of the most dangerous drugs are illegal. Some are not even addictive. Some of the most well-known and dangerous drugs include:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
  • Antidepressants
  • Heroin

Acetaminophen

Although it is a common, over-the-counter pain medication, acetaminophen can be incredibly dangerous. As surprising as this may seem, it has the potential to cause liver damage and acute liver failure, especially in combination with other known substances. Because most people consider it to be “just Tylenol,” they do not consider the possibility of toxicity caused by other drug interactions.

Benzodiazepines

Often prescribed as an anti-anxiety medication, “benzos” can cause respiratory depression leading to death, especially when combined with other drugs.

Cocaine

A powerful stimulant, cocaine, is commonly used recreationally. Users risk long-term health complications such as organ failure, respiratory distress, heart disease, and seizures.

Antidepressants

Commonly used to treat depression, OCD, and ADHD, antidepressants are ranked high on the list of dangerous drugs due to the long-term adverse health risks, including heart attack and stroke.

Heroin

Although heroin use seems to be an epidemic running rampant, it is not listed as high on the rankings of the world’s most dangerous drugs as one would think. However, its position does not make it any less risky. Users may experience serious health complications, including collapsed veins, heart lining infections, and kidney disease.

Many of the most dangerous drugs on this list are prescribed by physicians, but they are often abused. Patients must understand the risks associated with each and speak to their doctor about possible side effects and drug interactions. At BrightView, our experienced addiction specialists stay up to date with medical research and drug interactions to better assist patients with drug addiction treatment. Find out more by calling 1-833-510-HELP.

Medication-Assisted Treatment For Addiction

You may be wondering how a drug as supposedly harmless as Tylenol can be so dangerous. Unfortunately, any drug has the potential of altering the brain’s normal function, causing serious and potentially fatal side effects when combined or abused.
Researchers have also found that many drugs' narcotic effects create dangerous health risks when users try to stop using.

Withdrawal symptoms of any drug or alcohol can be challenging unless addressed properly and effectively to ease the symptoms. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) helps patients navigate the difficult side effects of withdrawal while receiving counseling and therapy to address the root cause of addiction or mental health disorder.

BrightView utilizes medication-assisted treatment as an effective drug addiction treatment option. Find out how MAT can help you or a loved one achieve and sustain long-term recovery by calling 1-833-510-HELP.

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With more than 22 outpatient addiction treatment centers throughout Ohio, BrightView provides patients with a comfortable, welcoming environment, ease of access to treatment options, and immediacy of care to start down to road to recovery.

Learn more about how patients are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion as they work with trained addiction specialists to overcome addiction by calling 1-833-510-HELP.

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