Using alcohol and other drugs carries risks. Alcohol and drugs impair your judgment making you more likely to hurt yourself or others, to have trouble with the law, to do poorly at work and school, and to have relationship trouble.
Alcohol and drugs also have specific health risks: they can damage major organs, increase your risk of cancers, and even cause death.
Different drugs have different dangers associated with them. Some drugs (such as alcohol, heroin and tranquillizers) have a sedative effect which slows down the way the body and brain function. They can have a numbing effect that produces drowsiness if a lot is taken.
Other drugs (such as amphetamine, cocaine, crack and ecstasy) have a stimulant effect giving a rush of energy and making people more alert.
A third group of drugs (such as LSD and magic mushrooms and to a lesser extent cannabis and ecstasy) have a hallucinogenic effect. This means they tend to alter the way the user feels, sees, hears, tastes or smells.
Injecting drugs is particularly risky because it is difficult to know how much is being taken. Injection also carries the risk of infection by blood borne diseases if any injecting equipment is shared. Highest profile recently has been given to HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, but there are also risks from Hepatitis B and C, another very serious blood borne disease.
Eating or drinking drugs can be risky. The effects tend to be slow but once they come on it is too late to do anything about it. Examples are drinking too much alcohol in a short space of time or eating a lump of cannabis. In such cases people can suddenly feel very drunk or stoned and become very disorientated.
Snorting drugs like amphetamine or cocaine powder up the nose on a regular basis can lead to damage to the nasal membranes.
Sedative drugs like alcohol and heroin can lead to fatal overdose if a lot is taken. They can also affect coordination making accidents more likely. Use of sedatives can also lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms, panic attacks or even in extreme cases, psychotic behavior (where all sense of reality is lost). Combining drugs can produce unpredictable and sometimes dangerous effects. In particular, mixtures of sedative drugs can be very dangerous. Many reported drug overdoses involve mixtures of alcohol and tranquillizers or opiates. Sedatives and tranquillizers also can cause memory problems and lead to seizures.
Stimulant drugs can produce anxiety or panic attacks particularly if taken in large quantities. They can also be particularly dangerous for people who have heart or blood pressure problems.
Hallucinogenic drugs sometimes produce very disturbing experiences and may lead to erratic or dangerous behavior by the user, especially if they are already unstable.
Drug use can lower inhibitions, increasing the likelihood of sexual encounters. Safe sex will be much more difficult if the person concerned is intoxicated. Surveys have found that many young people have sexual encounters while under the influence of drugs, particularly alcohol and/or cannabis. The risks of unwanted pregnancy, HIV (the virus that leads to AIDS) and other sexually transmitted infections could be increased if people have sex while high on alcohol or drugs.
Another setting danger is that of people over-exerting themselves when using ecstasy. Ecstasy gives a buzz of energy and is often used in clubs while dancing non-stop for long periods. In some situations people have danced for hours without a break in hot, crowded environments. They run the risk of becoming dehydrated and getting heat exhaustion. In some cases this can be very dangerous and it has led to a number of deaths.
Opioids can cause choking, changes in mood, decreased cognitive function, interruptions in the menstrual cycle, infertility and slowed breathing. There’s even a risk of coma or death if there’s a severe slowdown in breathing. Using some stimulants even in the short term can trigger paranoia; high doses can cause an increase in body temperature and abnormal heartbeat. There’s also a risk of cardiovascular problems and fatal seizures.
Accidents – Since these drugs can cause reactions that interfere with driving, such as sedation, car accidents are possible. Also, there’s a greater risk for injury since your thinking is impaired. Misusing medication can also cause poor judgment, which can put you in dicey situations (like becoming a victim of a crime).
Poor academic performance – While some students take medication to boost school performance or ease anxiety, it ends up having the opposite effect, especially if addiction becomes an issue.
Legal trouble – Taking medication that isn’t prescribed to you or misusing your own medication is illegal. The likelihood of committing a crime also increases when you’re abusing drugs. If you’re caught you can face fines, jail time, meaning, losing your job, friends and spending many years behind bars with murderers.
Since drugs are expensive, drug users often have to steal or prostitute to support the habit.
People use drugs to escape from reality. If they are sad, they take drugs to make them feel better for a short time. However, when the drug wears off, they find that the problem is still there.
Taking drugs has never solved anyone’s problems. It only creates problems.
Drugs may be toxic and overdoses are common and often fatal.
550 thousand people died from prescription or illegal drug overdose since year 2000. That’s about 55 thousand people a year.
Here is a list of some of the famous people who died from drug overdose
•Anna Nicole Smith
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