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What You Don't Know About the Deadliest Drugs May Shock You

WHAT YOU DONT KNOW ABOUT THE DEADLIEST DRUGS MAY SHOCK YOU! 26,654 30000 25000 16,917 20000 15000 10000 4,681 4.397 5000 Alcohol Painkiller Cocaine Deaths Heroin Deaths Deaths Deaths DEATHS IN USA CAUSED BY DRUGS, 2011 Still, the death tolls show that the LEGAL DRUGS remain a major public health problem – and, according to experts and research- ers, policymakers could do more to curb deaths caused by the twolalcohol and painkillers) of the most deadly drugs. ALCOHOL 26,654 deaths in 2011 are caused by alcohol-induced problems But that under-counts the number of deaths created by alcohol: when including other causes of death like drunk driving and other accidents, the toll ascends to 88,000 for each year. SLURRED SPEECH UNSTEADY MOVEMENT DISTURBED PERCEPTION 76% 76% of those who died from alcohol poisoning are men. 6 people die of alcohol poisoning each day in the alcohol is a factor in 40% of violent crimes. us. PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLER 16,917 deaths in 2011 are caused by Opioid-based prescription painkillers 31% of prescription painkiller-linked overdose deaths in 2011 were also related to benzodiazepines, a legal anti-anxiety drug. HEART & LUNG PROBLEMS DRY MOUTH OVERDOSE & DEATH Opioid use can lower the Patients taking opioids are amount of saliva in your mouth, saliva flushes away bacteria in your mouth that cause tooth decay. at risk of accidental over- dose or death. Over time, this can damage the heart and lungs because you aren't getting enoúgh air. COCAINE 4,681 deaths in 2011 are caused by cocaine Despite its dangers, cocaine increase-likely because users find it so difficult to escape from íhe first steps taken down the long dark road that leads to addiction. use continues to EXUBERANT SPEECH ANXIETY PRANOIA BAD FOR THE HEART KIDNEY FAILURE Cocaine increases heart rate and blood pressure while constricting the arteries sup- plying blood to the heart. The result can be a heart attack. Cocaine can also trigger a deadly abnormal heart rhythm cálled arrhyth- BAD FOR THE BRAIN Cocaine can constrict blood vessels in the brain, causing strokes. This can happen even in young people with- out other risk 'factors for strokes. Cocaine causes seizures and can lead to bizzare or violent behavior. Cocaine can cause sudden overwhelming kidney failure through a process called rhabdomyolysis. In people with high blood pressure, regular cocaine use can accelerate the long-term kidney damage caused by high blood pressure. mia. HEROIN 4.397 deaths in 2011 are caused by heroin Most heroin is injected, creating additional risks for the user, who faces the danger of AIDS or other infection on top of the pain of addiction. INTESTINAL PROBLEM LUNG PROBLEM KIDNEY PROBLEM Heroin slows down the function of the lungs. which is normally the way an overdose kills'a person. condition that can lead to In fact, a person may stop breathing before the heart stops beating. Heroin abuse has been associated with high levels of protein in the urine, a Heroin and other opiates reduce the action of mus- cles in the intestines, making constipation a constant problem. This can result in hemorrhoids, anal tissues or damae to the rectum that may require surgery to repair. kidney failure. The general point of showing drugs deadliness in this case isn't to build a perfect rank for how dangerous each drug is. Rather, the purpose is to show that legality doesn't always correlate with safety, so the public and policymakers shouldn't assume that a substance is more dangerous just because it's illegal. SOURCES: http://www. " ' RecoveryExperts (877)257-7997 FIND THE BEST REHAB CENTER THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS!

What You Don't Know About the Deadliest Drugs May Shock You

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As the US debates drug policies and the legalization of marijuana, there's one aspect of the war on drugs that remains complicatedly contradictory: Some of the most dangerous drugs in the US are legal...


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