- Mental health effects
- Dental issues
- Cancer of the mouth, throat or voice box
- Immune system impairment
- Cardiovascular damage and heart problems
- Lung problems
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Reproductive system issues
- Skin problems
- Continuous drug use can deteriorate a person’s mind both psychologically and neurologically, often worsening or leading to cognitive decline, memory loss, depression and even psychosis.
- Substance abuse can lead to tooth decay and serious dental problems, with tobacco use being strongly linked to several oral and esophageal cancers.
- Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health problems, including numerous types of cancer throughout the body.
- Drug abuse can weaken the immune system, increase the risk of infection and expose a person to HIV, hepatitis and skin infections, especially with drugs that are injected.
- The use of most drugs and alcohol impacts the health of the heart and blood vessels, potentially leading to irregular heartbeat, cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke and death.
- By inhaling or smoking drugs, an individual’s lungs are damaged, and the risk of lung cancer, disease or bronchitis is increased as well.
- Drugs and alcohol, especially when combined, damage the liver and can potentially lead to liver disease, cancer and inflammation.
- Chronic substance abuse can lead to kidney disease, organ damage and long-term impairment.
- Drug abuse over a long period can cause permanent problems with the reproductive system such as infertility and sexual dysfunction.
- Hard drugs, particularly methamphetamines, can lead to skin sores, scars and other serious skin conditions.