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Alcohol and Drugs Suspected in University of Colorado Student’s Death

A 21-year-old college student who attended the University of Colorado, Michael Alexander Hoffman, recently died after a hard night of partying and using alcohol and drugs. The night before his tragic death, Hoffman was seen with a friend drinking and socializing at a party until the wee hours of the morning.

Hoffman was later found unconscious in his own vomit, which strongly smelled of alcohol, according to the police report. Police also stated in the report that Hoffman’s text messages show that he was trying to buy the prescription drug Adderall, which is a form of speed. The report also showed Hoffman was gray-toned and sweating all over. The person who lived at that home had never met Hoffman.

Paramedics rushed Hoffman to the hospital, but sadly, he never regained consciousness and died four days later. While alcohol alone can be deadly, mixing it with any type of medication can be lethal. Many college students, and sometimes high school students, are using alcohol and Adderall together for an additional high that helps them party all night long. Many would compare the feeling of Adderall to the effects of cocaine.

But abusing the drug can cause serious problems for the user. Not only does it have a high potential for abuse, but it also can become habit-forming. It can cause heart problems, blood vessel issues and even sudden death. Abusing alcohol alone can also have these same effects and, for many, the only way to get over using alcohol or drugs is through detoxification and treatment.

There are many ways to seek out alcohol treatment so that your life and the lives of your loved ones who might be suffering from this disease can learn to live a normal life free from alcohol and drugs. From Alcoholics Anonymous to residential or outpatient treatment, there is help out there and a chance to make a positive impact on your life and seek help. For more information on alcohol treatment, contact Vista Taos Renewal Center today.

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