Long-term Effects of Drug Abuse
More drugs are becoming available to the younger generations, with increased peer pressure, and more ways to induce the feeling of high into an individual’s mindset. Though drug abuse may be more common than one may think, it does not discriminate, abusing drugs may lead to mental and physical instabilities in individuals even after they have quit abusing drugs, it can lead to a heart attack, a stroke or one could even contract STDs or other types of diseases (LGBT Health Community). Adults and teens are not just abusing street drugs alone anymore; consumers are including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and even mixing drugs intended for treatment of the common cold to make a well-known drug called Crystal Meth. Teens are mixing alcohol with narcotics, which can lead to blackouts, accidents, or even worse, fatalities (EMedicineHealth).
Starting with one of the most abused drugs in the world today, smoking tobacco, like alcohol consumption is legal in many places across the world. Even though there have been smoking bans nationwide that does not stop the average teenager from lighting up, and continuing to do so throughout adulthood. The addiction is more than just that, it is a habit, one learns to incorporate tobacco use in to every aspect of their lives, once that becomes their routine (habit) it is harder to give up, much like the addiction to several other drugs that one may consume. Tobacco consumption has proven to contribute to more than 400,000 deaths every year in the United States of America. Each death is mainly the result of an increased numbers of lung cancers as well as increased numbers of cases of heart disease, emphysema, pancreatic, cervical, bladder, and kidney cancers. There are also increased risks for gastritis and gastric ulceration in consumers (Pathology of Drug Abuse).
Pregnant women should not smoke, as it places the unborn fetus at an increased risk for premature birth and may...