Morphine: Personal and social consequences

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 1:09 pm

Because addicts are so intent on finding their next fix, they often neglect basic aspects of hygiene and nutrition. Infections and illness often result. Skin infections as well as more serious bloodborne infections follow use of unsterile needles. Deadly viruses are also shared through dirty needles. Babies born to addicted mothers usually go through withdrawal that their immature systems cannot handle. Finally, risk of arrest or of death by violence usually goes along with a lifestyle that includes illegal drugs. The death rate of those abusing narcotics is estimated to increase by 2% for each year spent abusing the drug, with abuse of ten years carrying a 20% risk of death by overdose or drug-related crime.

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