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What are the long-term effects of using drugs?

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FRANK Advice
05th Apr 2013

Each drug can have different long-term effects on your health. For example, long-term sniffing of cocaine can seriously damage your nose, and regular use of ketamine can permanently damage your bladder. Lots of the newer drugs and “legal highs” have not been around long-enough for anyone to know what harms will develop. For information about specific drugs and their effects search using FRANK’s A-Z.

Injecting any drug over a period of time can damage your veins and can cause ulcers and gangrene. Injecting drugs also leaves you vulnerable to overdoses and developing a blood borne virus infection, such as hepatitis C or HIV, if you share needles or other injecting equipment. 

For most of the psychoactive drugs that give a high or a buzz, repeated drug use can lead to increasing levels of dependence (aka addiction). This means it’s hard for someone to stop using drugs, even if they want to.

Many people who repeatedly use drugs neglect their diets and eat unhealthily which can make you more vulnerable to illnesses and lead to problems in the long-term like heart disease and diabetes. Also, the financial cost involved in long-term drug use can become a real issue, and can affect where you live, how you live and even what you eat.

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