Drugs have a physiological and psychological effect when ingested or introduced in the body. Many countries have constitutionally and by-law banned the drugs.
Any substance causing user to compulsively use it neglecting the consequences is drug. Whereas, this article is about popular drugs named narcotics or its derivatives.
Effects of Drugs Usage On Human Body
It associates drugs usage with a wide range of short- and long-term health effects. These effects can vary, depending upon the drug, how much and how often did the user consume it and the user’s general health.
Overall, the effects of drugs usage and dependence can be far-reaching impacting almost every organ of the human body.
A list of very common disastrous effects is as below
- A weakened immune system, increasing the risk of illness and infection
- Heart conditions ranging from abnormal heart rates to heart attacks and collapsed veins and blood vessel infections from injected drugs
- Breast development in men and increases in body temperature, which can lead to other health problems
- Nausea and abdominal pain, which can also lead to changes in appetite and weight loss
- Increased strain on the liver, which puts the person at risk of significant liver damage or liver failure
- Seizures, stroke, mental confusion and brain damage
- Memory Loss, attention and decision-making, which make daily living more difficult
- Neonatal abstinence syndrome
- Lung disease.
- Bone marrow damage
- Brain damage
Usage of drugs can produce a wide range of short- and long-term health complications that can cause many physical and psychological health problems, including drug addiction. Over time, the effects of drugs can compromise relationships, finances and academics.
Alcohol is the most popular psychoactive substance in the world with many physical and mental health complications. Drinking alcohol can lower inhibitions and lead to behavioral changes within minutes of use.
Death Rate Associated with Drugs
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, over 90 Americans died after overdosing on opioids.
Drug Addiction Killing Brain
All drugs–nicotine, cocaine, marijuana and others–affect the brain’s “reward” circuit, which is part of the limbic system. This area of the brain affects instinct and mood.
Short-Term Effects Of Alcohol
- Stomach distress
- Slurred speech
- Increased heart rate
- Slowed breathing
Most Commonly Used Drugs
are a group of drugs designed to reduce anxiety, insomnia and panic disorders. Because these substances depress the central nervous system, people can experience grogginess and lethargy in the minutes after using a benzodiazepine, like Xanax.
- Slurred speech
- Impaired motor coordination
- Respiratory depression
The most popular illicit drug in the United States, marijuana emits THC into the body and produces euphoric effects. Although many people do not perceive cannabis as a great risk to a person’s health, the drug can cause several distressing short-term effects.
- Acting giggly or silly for no reason
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Memory problems
Opioids include heroin and legal painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin. Although prescription opioids and physicians often recommend it, these drugs can produce immediate health problems.
Commonly use of drugs is because of depression, burden of family responsibilities, and social injustice to get rid of mental trauma people use drugs which has many fatal effects so try to face difficulties and don’t use these type of shortcuts.
Ayesha Ashfaq is a nutritionist by profession and food blogger by passion.