DrugCocktails.ca was created for youth to help them “get the facts” about the effects
and risks of mixing medications they take with substances like cigarettes, alcohol,
marijuana and other street drugs.
To use the website, click/tap the search
(magnifying glass) to search our database by the generic (chemical) name or brand
(market) name of your prescription
medication. This lets you find out the risks of mixing that medication with 10 different
groups of substances. You can even print this information out if you like. To learn
about the general health effects and risks of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other
street drugs, click/tap the info
(the big letter i).
means this cocktail could cause you SERIOUS HARM.
means there is risk with taking any substance into your body - THINK FIRST!
The DrugCocktails.ca site does not collect any personal information from youth.
means 'unknown dangers'. No information was found about this cocktail, but it may
still be dangerous.
You can search this website and no one will know. You can click or tap the "Hide
icon at the top right of the screen to hide the website at any
time. For added
security, view the website in private mode (Explorer, Safari, Firefox) or incognito
mode (Google Chrome) or delete your browsing history if you are worried someone
will be upset that you looked at this website.
A Clinical Pharmacist, Youth Health Nurse and their energetic students searched
all the available drug and medical resources to find the most current information
for you. In many cases, no one has studied the effects of mixing medications with
other substances. One of the most common messages is that “no one is certain how
a person will react to medications mixed with other substances such as alcohol,
tobacco, marijuana or other street drugs” - in a lot of cases, we just do not know
what can happen. Do not change how you take your prescription medication(s) based
on the information provided on this website. Check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist
before making any changes to how you take your prescription medication(s).
If you or a friend needs emergency help (like if someone is unconscious, having
a seizure, difficulty breathing or chest pain), call 911 immediately.
Others you can contact include your local poison control centre (in British Columbia,
call 604-682-5050 or 1-800-567-8911), speak to a nurse or pharmacist with BC HealthLink
(call 811 from anywhere in BC) or a 24 hour crisis centre (in British Columbia call
604-872-3311, 1-866-661-3311, or 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). Online crisis chat
services are also available (in British Columbia, visit http://youthinbc.com
Make safe choices – your life depends on it !