Long term use of any drug can cause many different health problems. Narcotics such as amphetamines cause the temperature of the body to rise dramatically which can lead to dangerous seizures. The long term effects of marijuana use are loss of memory and an increase in the potential for psychotic episodes including paranoia. Those who have a drug addiction may also develop health problems such as liver damage, cancer and cardiovascular problems.
Different types of drugs cause their own individual health problems but the common consensus is that prolonged and regular use of narcotics has some very damaging impacts on the normal human body. Here are just a few examples associated with particular drug types:
If you have an existing heart problem then taking amphetamines can cause significant further damage, in severe cases leading to heart attacks and major cardiovascular problems. They can also create various symptoms that mimic closely mental illness including depression, suicidal thoughts and psychosis.
One of the most addictive drugs around, Meth also contains a number of highly dangerous substances including lye which is corrosive and red phosphorous which is actually used in fireworks. The drug makes the heart pump faster while also constricting the arteries which puts great stress on your circulatory system. Overheating of the body can cause the kidneys to shut down and fluid can settle in the lungs making it difficult to breath.
Cocaine is one of the biggest causes of single drug deaths and is a highly dangerous narcotic. There have been countless celebrities who have died because they had an existing heart condition and took cocaine. Long term use of the drug causes a thickening of the heart wall so that it becomes less able to pump blood around the body efficiently. Even one dose of cocaine can cause severe stress on the heart by making it beat far too quickly.
Heroin is one of the most physically damaging drugs in the world today and creates many health problems through long term use including liver, brain, kidney, lung and stomach damage. According to Narconon, there are over 16 million heroin addicts in the world. In deaths caused by the drug, almost 15% are from oedema where the lungs fill up with fluid and the individual basically suffocates.
Marijuana is often seen as a ‘safe’, recreational drug but nothing could be further from the truth. First of all, it can cause obstruction of the lungs, the equivalent of smoking about five cigarettes. A fungus found on the plants can also cause an allergic reaction in the lung causing pain and difficulty breathing, in some cases even death. Heavy smokers are also prone to conditions such as lung cancer and emphysema. There is also research suggesting that some types of marijuana can cause health problems including as psychosis and memory loss.
There are many prescription drugs from painkillers and anti-depressants that can become part of an addiction. Long term use causes many health problems including damage to the liver and kidneys as well as increasing the risk of heart disease. Drugs such as Valium and Xanax cause short term memory loss and damage to the liver when abused. There has also been some research done that indicates prescription drug addiction has caused mental health issues such as suicidal tendencies and self-harming.