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5 Effects Of Drug Abuse

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Drug abuse is the increasing desire to use some certain amount of medicine without any prescription or  recommendation from a medical practitioner. This is prevalent in the society today, especially, among youths.

Abuse of drugs has an adverse effect on all human activities, psychologically, emotionally and physically.

Below are some of the effects of drug abuse:

Mood swing

Constant consumption of some drugs such as sedatives, alcohol, and some other drugs can cause mood swings which can affect your day to day interaction with people. There will be no control over the way you act and react to certain situations.


Brain damage

Opiates are heroin or prescription pain-killers. Opiate abuse can cause brain damage due to respiratory depression. When the brain is injured as a consequence of being deprived of oxygen, it can result in lasting neurological and psychological effects. Furthermore, research suggests that chronic opiate abuse can lead to deterioration of the white matter in the brain, which impacts behavioral regulation, stress response, and decision-making.

Liver/ Kidney damage

The abuse of some drugs such as alcohol, pain killers, heroins and so on. These drugs might give a short-lived pleasure, however, constant use of these drugs can lead to liver/kidney damage which might be very expensive an difficult to manage. Never forget, too much of everything is dangerous.

Weakened immune system

Constant use of drugs, especially antibiotics, can weaken your immune system and make it difficult for your body to fight against diseases, bacteria, infections and so on. The body becomes resistant to these medicines because they have been over used.


The most severe health consequences of drug abuse is death. Deaths related to synthetic opioids and heroin have seen the sharpest rise. In the past 12 months, 212,000 people aged 12 or older have used heroin for the first time. Every day, more than 90 people dies after overdosing on opioids.

It is better to talk to a psychologist or any medical practitioner when your mental, emotional or physical health is poor, do not engage in drug abuse, it is very dangerous.

The medical information provided in this article is provided as an information resource only. This information does not create any patient-physician relationship and should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment

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