Drug Effects

It’s hard to tell what the effects of taking drugs are. Most people who try drugs don’t keep on using – and some people take drugs regularly without developing a problem.

It all depends on who’s taking them, the person’s state of mind, which drug(s) they’re taking, what they’re mixing it with and where it’s being taken.

Effects can include :-

1. Physical health effects: Taking drugs can run down your immune system, leaving you more prone to coughs and colds. Some people suffer with spots. If someone starts using drugs regularly, the damage can begin to build up in their organs/body resulting in long term health problems, such as liver, kidney and nerve damage

2. Mental health effects: Drugs can make people feeling unusually / or emotionally vulnerable and lead to mood swings. They are also linked to serious mental health problems such as panic attacks and depression, and in some cases can bring on psychosis. Anybody with a family history of mental health issues should be especially careful when taking drugs as they may be more at risk themselves.

3. Overdose: Anyone can overdose from taking drugs, even if they are experienced at using drugs and think they know what they’re doing. Young people who are fit and healthy have died from a heart attack after taking drugs because of the effect’s drugs can put on the body.

4. Acting out of character & personal safety: Some people take drugs because it makes them less inhibited – but this can have negative effects too. They might do things they wouldn’t normally do that they later regret, like having unprotected sex. If your friend is out of it or having a bad experience on drugs, they’ll be vulnerable and may need help and looking after.

5. Getting into debt: Some drugs aren’t necessarily expensive, but frequent use can still get people into debt and financial trouble.