There are many negative effects of drug addiction. A drug addiction alone can completely ruin a family. A drug addiction could cause a divorce, the loss of custody of children, and even the loss of all contact with family or friends.
Drug addiction can also affect the way the addict’s mind works. The addict may feel paranoid. The addict also may feel that everyone is against him or her and that everyone is out to get them. These effects of drug addiction may only last during the use of the drug, but those who continuously use the drug for several years may have these effects for the rest of his or her life.
Another effect of drug addiction is damage to the body. If the drug is smoked, the lungs and respiratory system will receive damage. If the drug is snorted, the nose will most definitely have damage. If the drug is inserted intravenously the vein will be damaged. These effects will be permanent. Not only will the route the drug was inserted be damaged but also vital organs will become damaged such as the liver, the kidneys, and even the heart.
Yet another effect of drug addiction is death. Whether it is the death of the drug addicts themselves or the death of someone else they have harmed, drug addiction accounts for many deaths in the United States. Some addicts overdose, which leads to their death. Some addicts will kill over drugs; this can lead to the murder of themselves or the murder of someone else, even an innocent bystander.
Drug addiction affects millions of people every day, whether it be the addict themselves, the loved ones of the addict, or innocent bystanders. These drug-related problems need to be solved because of the many negative effects of drug addiction.