poly-drug


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poly-drug

adj
(Recreational Drugs) involving or taking more than one kind of illegal drug: a poly-drug user.
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But in recent years it has also seen a rise in poly-drug use -- largely benzodiazepines on top of heroin/methadone -- making it harder to implement effective harm reduction policies.
However, our nation is grappling with a poly-drug problem, and as such, we cannot allow one devastating issue to preclude us from addressing another.
"Most drug-related deaths happen through poly-drug use, and typically affect people who have been using drugs for a prolonged period of time," added a police spokesperson.
'Of the 44 deaths on record involving Kratom, they all involve poly-drug use,' said Ryan Leung, a spokesman from kratom lobby group Botanical Education Alliance (BEA).
A majority of the students (78.6%) were poly-drug users.
She added that poly-drug use - using different drugs simultaneously - significantly increases the risk of a fatal overdose.
It is part of a growing "poly-drug" problem - where addicts take a cocktail of illegal drugs, leaving them at increased risk of overdose.
In fact, with the modern composition of substances, there are some that in themselves can be considered a "poly-drug consumption", as they are able to influence different neuronal receptors and present different effects.
According to government statistics, while the number of regular drug users has not fluctuated much in recent years, poly-drug use has increased and presents a challenge for traditional methods of treatment.
Findings show that the major areas of research focus are (in rank order): alcohol-enhanced EDs, cognitive effects, motivation for use, prevalence data, psychotic symptomology, public health policy, educational interventions, poly-drug sequelae, and 'masculine' persona.
Wish and colleagues (2006), in a survey of college students, found that nine percent reported lifetime ecstasy use, and poly-drug use was very common with ecstasy.
The report, which was launched yesterday by Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, also revealed that as in previous years poly-drug use remains a prevalent trend with 75% of Needle Exchange users reporting use.