Illicit Drugs


Cocaine/crack speed up heart rate and blood pressure, and adding alcohol exponentially increases these effects. The drug, which functions as a stimulant, causes the alcohol to absorb more quickly into a person's bloodstream, which increases the speed at which intoxication occurs. The combination of cocaine/crack with alcohol not only increases the risk for alcohol poisoning, but also the risk for heart attack and heart failure.


Both alcohol and ecstasy increase a user's risk for dehydration, and the risk is intensified when they are taken together. Ecstasy also hinders the body's ability to regulate its internal temperature, thus increasing the risk of death by hypertension.

Rohypnol “Date Rape Drug”:

Is the brand name of a sleeping poll prescribed for insomnia in Mexico, South America, Europe and Asia. Rohypnol has not been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Rohypnol is odorless and tasteless and dissolves quickly in carbonated beverages. The sedative and toxic effects of Rohypnol are aggravated by concurrent use of alcohol. The drug's effects begin within 30 minutes, peak within two hours, and may persist for up to eight hours or more, depending upon the dosage. When combined with alcohol or other drugs, Rohypnol can impair judgment and motor skills and cause memory loss or blackouts (lasting 8 to 24 hours after ingestion). Loss of inhibition can also occur, with or without alcohol. Rohypnol typical appears white in color, although some counterfeit products appear brown-ish pink. A urine test can detect the presence of Rohypnol up to 60 hrs after injection.

Tips for Reducing Your Risk Associated with Rohypnol:

  • Watch your drink
  • Avoid Punch-Bowls
  • Don’t accept open drinks
  • Always be AWARE! Remember that Rohypnol is odorless, colorless, and tasteless, and can be added to ANY drink-even water.


Both heroin and alcohol also function as a depressant, and the overall effect increases exponentially when used together. The resulting effect can be a heroin overdose or ceased breathing.


Following alcohol, marijuana is the second most commonly abused drug among college students. When consumed, marijuana suppresses a user's need to vomit, which increases the risk of alcohol poisoning because the body's signal to purge excess alcohol is not processed.