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Health effects of drug use. By Hayden Seibert. Caffeine . Caffeine can result in mild insomnia Restlessness It can cause panic attacks, irregular heartbeats, and sleep disorders Can cause stomach discomfort It is often not recognized as a drug. Alcohol .

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Health effects of drug use

Health effects of drug use

By Hayden Seibert



  • Caffeine can result in mild insomnia

  • Restlessness

  • It can cause panic attacks, irregular heartbeats, and sleep disorders

  • Can cause stomach discomfort

  • It is often not recognized as a drug



  • Causes massive liver damage, eventually resulting in cirrhosis

  • Damages brain cells

  • There are approximately 79,000 deaths in the US every year because of excessive alcohol consumption

  • Results in immediate health risks as well as long term health risks

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  • Impairs decision making skills

  • Increases likeliness of violence

  • Increases the risk of unintentional injury

  • Can result in alcohol poisoning

  • Increases the possibility of risky sexual behaviors

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  • Psychiatric problems

  • Social problems

  • Cardiovascular damage

  • Neurological damage

  • Increased likeliness of cancer

  • Gastrointestinal problems

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  • Increases the release of serotonin in the brain

  • After effects include anxiety,

  • Paranoia

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Overdosing is possible

  • Overdoses can have long term Physiological and psychological effects



  • Cocaine can be injected, injected, and snorted

  • Cocaine has negative short term and long term effects

  • Severe long term effects are irregular heart beats, heart attack, chest pain, respiratory failure, and stroke

  • Cocaine is addicting, and quitting once addicted results in withdrawls



  • Amphetamines are nervous system stimulants

  • Include some prescription dugs and some illegal ones

  • Prescription amphetamines include Dexedrine, Desoxyn, and Ritalin

  • Prescription amphetamines are often sold illegally to recreational users



  • Causes your brain to release excess dopamine

  • Dopamine is a chemical that gives positive feelings

  • It is part of the reward mechanism in the brain

  • The receptors for dopamine shut down after prolonged exposure to high levels of dopamine

  • Thus causing damage to the reward centers in the brains of meth users



  • Meth has similar physical effects as other stimulants

  • It is extremely addictive

  • It’s highly addictive nature causes users to ignore other health risks

  • Causes meth bugs and meth mouth

  • It is often used in it’s crystal form



  • Chemical vapors that are inhaled for mind altering effects

  • Common household supplies

  • Easily obtained

  • Cause brain and nervous system damage

  • Can cause death

  • Can cause hearing loss

  • Shown to damage bone marrow



  • Users tend to not use sterile injection needle

  • This results in large rates of infection among users

  • High rates of liver disease is a characteristic of the heroin using population

  • High rates of kidney disease are also common

  • Heroin is extremely addictive and causes users to develop a tolerance

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  • It is nearly impossible for heroin users to know the purity and strength of the heroin they are using

  • This results in the potential for overdose

  • Overdose often results in death

  • When heroin users stop using the drug they will enter into withdrawal

  • Withdrawal symptoms include bone pain and vomiting

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  • Medications are available for people who need to quit using heroin

  • These include methadone, Buprenorphine, and Naltrexone

  • Other names for heroin are: diacetylmorphine, diamorphine, black tar, dope (heroin), dust, H, horse, junk, smack, and scag



  • Morphine is a narcotic and a nervous system depressant

  • It can be very addictive

  • It impairs brain function and thinking as well as causing brain damage due to neurotoxins in it

  • It weakens the strength of the immune system

  • This increases the rates of infection

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  • GHB is a club drug that works as central nervous system depressant

  • It is highly powerful and quick acting

  • It is usually eaten, but is also often sold in the form of a powder

  • When mixed with liquids it is nearly undetectable

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  • Deep sleep and sometimes commas can result

  • It is often used as a date rape drug

  • Side effects of taking it include: vomiting, delusion, hallucinations, vertigo, and nausea

  • Overdoses can occur but are uncommon

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  • PCP is a dissociative anesthetic that was originally developed for surgical use

  • It can be ingested in pill form

  • In powder form it is often smoked, and snorted

  • It effects the receptors in your brain that are involved with emotion, cognition, and pain perception

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  • Immediate effects of using PCP are increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperatures

  • It is dangerous due to the unpredictability of it’s effects

  • Long term use can result in adiction
















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