International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Some facts on drug abuse and its effects

  • Drugs have the ability to affect your mood. They can arose certain emotions and can also diminish others
  • The changes in your behaviour is the result of changes in your brain caused by the drugs as drugs interfere with the chemicals in your brain
  • Mental health problems include anxiety, mood swings, depression, aggression and sleeping problems
  • Psychoactive drugs can cause delusions
  • They can also affect your sense of personal identity and reality
  • Schizophrenia and asthma are very common health problems
  • Overuse can also lead to heart attacks and can damage the cartilage of your nose, if inhaled
  • Injection can damage your veins and body tissues
  • Some drugs have the power to overstimulate your heart and nervous system. However, some can be linked
    with memory problems.


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