Negative Effects Of Drug Abuse

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Negative Effects of Drug Abuse
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in America, it can be estimated that during the past thirty days, 20 million Americans above the age of 12, have used an illegal drug (Drug Abuse Symptoms, Facts, and Statistics). Perhaps the most significant issue concerning the use of drugs is the fact that it can easily lead to addiction. Drug abuse is a major problem in our society today, however many drug abusers are unaware of the physical, economic and emotional problems that come along with addiction.
Drugs are chemicals, and different types of drugs affect the body in many different ways. In fact, many drugs will change a person 's brain and body in ways that will last long after the user has stopped taking the drug, or can even leave permanent damage to the person abusing the drugs (Effects of Abuse and Addiction). People who become addicted to drugs cannot stop taking the drug on their own. They continuously want and need more of it to survive. A person addicted might try to stop taking the harmful drugs for good. However, after a short amount of time, the individual will begin to experience withdrawal symptoms and become very ill. The addict then will have to continue taking the drugs to feel normal again. Even though using the drug is causing terrible health, legal, or family problems, the drug abuser cannot stop taking it on their own. They need help to stop using drugs, however sometimes the addict is too ashamed to ask for assistance from anyone. Yet, other people who are addicted do not believe their addiction problems are out of control. They are unaware of the complications they are causing and refuse to stop taking the drug (Effects of Drug Abuse).
When a person becomes add...

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...ons and make your body very ill. It can also cause cardiovascular conditions such as abnormal heart rate or heart attacks. Injecting drugs can lead to infections of the blood vessels and heart valves or cause collapsed veins. Injecting can also lead to AIDS by the common use of sharing needles among a group of people. Constant drug abuse can also cause significant damage to the liver and possibly lead to liver failure. Drug abuse can also lead to nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain, seizures, stroke and brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by causing problems with memory, troubles paying attention or decision-making, increased breast development in men, mental confusion and permanent brain damage, major fluctuations in appetite and increases in body temperature, which may lead to a variety of other health conditions (Effects of Abuse and Addiction).

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