Unless you’ve been living deep within a cave or out in the woods, you are aware of the epidemic of drug abuse in the world. News stories, social media, family and friends depict the grizzly tales of people from all walks of life suffering from drug abuse. I get it, no one starts their life out wanting to become a drug addict, but circumstances and situations happen. Despite America’s iconic war on drugs campaign, more and more people continue to be plagued with this disease. We know the socioeconomic and the stigmatism attached to drug abuse but, do we know the physical effects of drug abuse?
The human body is a wonderful and almost perfect machine. It constantly tries to keep itself in a normal place, called homeostasis. That’s why when you get an infection, your body produces white cells to fight off the foreign substance or infection. It’s the same with drugs. When you introduce drugs into your bodies system, they are continued a foreign substance because they are not naturally occurring in the body. Even though you enjoy the effects the drugs give you, your body is fighting against the drugs, still trying to reach a homeostasis.
As your body continues to fight and you continue to introduce drugs into your system after a while your body starts to breakdown. Your appearance changes overtime. Your skin loses it’s elasticity and your face appears sunken and haggard. Many drugs rob your body of calcium which affect your teeth and skeletal system. Teeth start to rot and fall out. Changes in appetite or lack their of result in rapid weight-loss, depleting the body of stored fat cells. Open festering sores appear all over the body, especially face and arms and legs. Constant picking at these sores can cause systemic infection and further damage to skin pigment.