What Physical Harms do Different Drugs Cause?


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It’s difficult to say that one drug is worse than another, because illegal drug use can be extremely damaging to all aspects of a person’s life. Whether it causes them to lose loved ones, finances, health, happiness and more, drugs can have devastating effects. Understanding the consequences of drug use can be helpful in warning others against it – saving lives and preventing painful events in the process. The following are a few of the United States’ most popular drugs abused and the physical effects they can cause:

  • Heroin – Overdose is easy and tends to be more potent than prescription drug medications. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that neurological and hormonal systems may be imbalanced and may not be easily reversed. Other long-term effects include bad teeth and inflammation of the gums, constipation, cold sweats, respiratory illnesses, muscular weakness, depression, pustules on the face, loss of memory, and even more.
  • Cocaine – Regular snorting can lead to loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, problems swallowing, irritation with the nasal septum, inflamed nose, damage to the lungs, worsened asthma, reduced blood flow in the gastrointestinal tract, loss of appetite, risk of heart attack, risk of stroke, inflammation of the heart muscle, and much more.
  • Amphetamines – Paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions, respiratory problems, loss of coordination and obsessive behavior are just a few of the damaging effects of these drugs. Psychology Today states that amphetamines, including methamphetamine, can increase the risk for symptoms often found in Parkinson’s disease and can damage nerve cells, causing a stroke.
  • Fentanyl – Considered a highly deadly drug, fentanyl can kill someone with just a tiny pinch. Some street drugs are laced with this, and Medical News Today explains that fentanyl depresses the respiratory system and produces sedation.
  • Codeine Dizziness, tremors, depression, urinary retention, hallucinations and indigestion are but a few serious side effects of taking codeine. Long-term use is associated with insomnia, nightmares, pain, liver damage and seizures.

Always know what you are getting into before consuming drugs. Make yourself aware of the potential dangers and seek immediate medical attention if something doesn’t feel right. Avoid drug use at all costs and reach out for treatment if you are struggling with addiction. Help is available, and there are many people who want to help you take back control over your life.

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