Five Horrible Consequences Of Doing Drugs

scaredIllegal drugs have so many well-known harmful effects on the physical, behavioural and mental aspects of man. Yet, so many people take to them. This is proof that human beings are still very immature as a species, and that humanity still has many obstacles to overcome. Below are five of the major horrible consequences of taking illegal drugs. Hopefully people who are not hooked to it yet will not look to do so.

Consequences on the physical constitution
There are visible physical signs by which one can detect a drug user. These are the consequences of drugs in the user’s physical appearance.

· Haggard appearance due to changes in one’s sleeping patterns.

· Signs of malnutrition due to an altered appetite.

· Abnormally constricted or dilated pupils.

· Bloodshot eyes.

· Drastic change in weight.

· Deterioration of one’s overall appearance.

· Severely neglected grooming habits.

· Abnormal changes in body odour.

· Abnormal changes in breath odour.

· Abnormal male breast development.

· Abnormal tremor and shaking.

· Deterioration of speech and body coordination.

Teen AngstBehavioural consequences
Doing drugs also cause extreme behavioural consequences, as enumerated below.

· Hallucinations.

· Deterioration of work or school performance.

· Increased aggression, hyperactive behaviour and agitation.

· Sudden financial need, which can induce stealing and violent crimes.

· Suspicious behaviour.

· Sudden secretiveness.

· Sudden changes in one’s routine, habits and even one’s friends.

· Increased susceptibility to accidents, illegal activities and fights.

· Significantly impaired judgment.

· Impulsive behaviour.

· Diminished self-control.

· Increased irritability, anger and mood swings.

Consequences on the brain and psyche
The deterioration of one’s mental capacity is one of the most horrible consequences of doing drugs. Some of the most important effects are listed below.

· Significant change in personality and attitude.

· Increased propensity for spacing out or becoming dumbstruck.

· Significant decrease in motivation.

· Increased lethargy.

· Increased fearfulness and anxiety.

· A paranoid mind-set.

· Altered brain chemistry resulting in compulsive behaviour and addiction and dependency on the drug.

· Impairment of one’s decision-making capacity.

· Impairment of limbic system function responsible for the brain’s “reward” circuit.

· Increased secretion of dopamine, which causes euphoria, heightened pleasure and altered perception.

Consequences on life and limb
Doing drugs is a leading cause of injury, diseases, accidents, crime, and violent death. Below are listed some of the deleterious effects of drugs on health.

· Increased incidence of crime and domestic violence.

· Increased susceptibility to injuries and accidents, especially those related to road accidents.

· Impairment of the body’s immune system.

· Increased susceptibility to disease and infections.

· Increased incidence of heart problems and abnormal conditions of the circulatory system.

· Increased susceptibility to abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

· Increased work load on the liver, which causes significant hepatic damage and failure.

· Increased susceptibility to stroke, brain damage and seizures.

· Decrease in attention span and memory.

· Increased mental confusion.

· Increased body temperature.

pregnencyDeleterious effects on reproduction
Pregnant women and their unborn babies are especially vulnerable to the effects of drugs. Some of their effects are enumerated below.

· Decrease in a new-born’s weight and size.

· Premature labour and delivery.

· Developmental defects in the new-born.

· Learning disability of the growing child.

· Behavioural problems in the child.

· Increased susceptibility of both mother and child to sexually transmitted diseases due to sharing of syringes or illicit sexual activity.

These are just some of the most horrible consequences brought about by drug use. Other problems include negative impacts on the relationship of the individual with his or her family; a rejection of the drug user’s EHIC application; societal ostracism; imprisonment; increased violence; and death.