mixing drugsSkittles parties, a common practice among teens, revolve around collecting prescription drugs, mixing them in a bowl and taking them in combination.

We all know the dangers of prescription drug abuse, but these kinds of parties are extremely dangerous. The most common drugs collected from home medicine cabinets include opiate painkillers, anti-anxiety medication (benzodiazepines), stimulants (ADD medications), and sleeping pills.

Taking any of these drugs in combination could be a fatal mistake. Taking an opiate with a benzo enhances the high delivered by the opiate to a level that could put the user in a coma. The CDC reports that 30% of overdose deaths involving narcotics resulted from the combination of opiates and benzos.

Mixing stimulants and depressants is also risky business. Combining drug use with alcohol only increases the chances of a fatal interaction.

If you’re planning to ring in the New Year, keep the party clean and safe.

Parents, check in with your young revelers regularly and make sure they can reach you for a safe ride home.