Physical health effects

Taking drugs can make users feel tired and run down and lead to various health problems. If someone starts using drugs regularly, the harms can begin to build up resulting in long term health problems, such as liver, kidney and nerve damage.

Mental health effects

Drug use can lead to people feeling unusually emotional with mood swings. Sometimes there can be serious mental health problems such as panic attacks and depression. Anybody with a family history of mental health issues should be especially careful when taking drugs as they may be more at risk themselves.


Anyone can overdose from taking drugs, even if they are experienced at using drugs and think they know what they’re doing. Young people who are fit and healthy have died from a heart attack after taking drugs because of the toxic effects drugs can put on the body.

Acting out of character & personal safety

Some people take drugs because it makes them less inhibited – but this can have negative effects too. They might do things they wouldn’t normally do that they later regret. If your friend is out of it or having a bad experience on drugs, they’ll be vulnerable and may need help and looking after immediately.

If you are concerned about drugs please report it and seek help and advice. is a good source of advice.

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