Drug Use


November 15, 2017


Recreational drug use can significantly affect your life expectancy. Each drug has different side effects that vary in severity, and have a varying effect on health and life expectancy. Drugs like cannabis can cause lung disease and mental health problems, and heroin can cause coma, brain damage and death.

Cannabis can trigger mental health problems including schizophrenia. When it is smoked, it can lead to lung diseases including asthma. It also has an effect on concentration and learning.

Ecstasy can have mental effects including memory problems, depression and anxiety. It raises blood pressure, and can therefore cause many issues related to hypertension including blood clots. Ecstasy affects temperature control in the body, which can lead to overheating and dehydration. But, drinking too much in response to this overheating can also be dangerous for the brain as urine production slows and fluid is retained.

Speed also causes high blood pressure, which can lead to heart attacks. Death can occur from an overdose of the drug. Injecting speed can damage veins and tissues, and increases the risk of diseases like Hepatitis and HIV through needle sharing and lack of sterilising of equipment.

Cocaine can lead to high blood pressure, which in turn can cause damage to the heart, heart attacks and stroke. Death can occur from an overdose due to overstimulation which causes heart attack. Cocaine also causes malnourishment, and can cause miscarriage and birth defects for pregnant drug users. Nasal ingestion can damage nose cartilage, and can cause a loss of sense of smell. Cocaine through injection increases the risk of dying from an overdose. Injection also causes damage to veins and body tissues, as well as increasing risk of HIV and hepatitis.

Heroin use can lead to skin infections, and kidney disease. There is a risk of birth defects and miscarriage, and sharing needles can lead to contraction of HIV and hepatitis. Heroin causes breathing difficulties, which can result in coma, brain damage and death.



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