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Diseases Caused by Drug Use

What effects drugs have on your body depends on the drugs and the body. Everyone is different and every drug works in a different way. If you have some health problem before you start abusing drugs, the drug use can make it much worse. If, for example, you have a family history of heart disease and you drink heavily, you will greatly increase your risk of heart attack or arrhythmia, while another heavy drinker may not develop serious heart problems.

Here is a short list of diseases and conditions caused by abusing common drugs:

Marijuana: Bronchitis, increased risk of lung cancer with chronic use, increased risk of depression

Cocaine: Increased risk of heart attack, tachycardia, stroke, deviated or perforated septum

Benzos: Abdominal pains, fatal blood clots, erectile dysfunction, and birth defects

Opiates: Hepatitis and HIV (from infected needles), collapsed veins, digestive problems including constipation

Amphetamines: Insomnia, weight loss, degraded eyesight, stunted growth, hypertension, urinary tract infections, skin diseases, heart disease, and liver disease

Meth: Liver damage, lung disease, brain damage, compromised immune system, heart disease, stroke, severe depression and mania, bad teeth

Alcohol: Liver disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer, dementia, hypertension, anemia

What diseases a drug is likely to cause depends on both the drug itself and how it’s taken. For example, while heroin and opioid painkillers have similar effects on the brain, injecting heroin puts you at greater risk from infections, while taking opioid painkillers orally can damage your stomach. Snorting cocaine can damage your sinuses, while smoking crack can damage your lungs. Anything that comes into direct contact with the drug is at risk for damage. This includes the mouth, sinuses, stomach, veins, lungs, and digestive tract. This effect may be compounded if the drugs contain other substances that have harmful effects.

While different drugs cause different diseases, there are some organs that are likely to be damaged by many sorts of drugs. The liver, for example, is likely to bear the brunt of any addiction because it has to filter all the toxins from the blood. The liver takes a particular beating in alcoholism because it metabolizes alcohol into a carcinogen. The kidneys and digestive tract, are also frequently at risk because they play a large role in expelling toxins from the body.

Many drugs also have cardiovascular effects. Alcohol, cocaine, meth, heroin, MDMA, marijuana, ketamine, and others all affect the heart in some way. Cocaine and meth can speed up your heart and make it beat erratically, while heroin can slow it down to the point of stopping. Other drugs, like MDMA and marijuana can increase your blood pressure but probably won’t do much harm except in the case of heavy prolonged abuse.

There is also a increased risk of secondary diseases caused by reckless behavior. Heroin increases your risk of infection from needles, for example, and alcohol increases your risk of car accidents. PCP or ketamine can lead to injuries you don’t even notice. Any sort of addiction can impair judgment and lead to bad decisions, including risky sex.

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