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A 24-year-old male asked:

wen i was 18 i used drugs heavy for 6 months only(mdma,cocaine,whippits).did i increase my risk of als?or was this exposure too brief to cause damage?

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Dr. William Lages
Rheumatology 68 years experience
Yes but: iYes, but those drugs when abused give rise to early coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, and death.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
NO: Your drug abuse does not put you at risk for ALS, but if you continued, you would be at risk for a stroke, heart attack or even Parkinson's disease. Glad you stopped, as recreational drugs are a recipe for catastrophe.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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I am unaware of any reported relationship between drug use and ALS. Cocaine and stimulant use have, however, been linked to Parkinsonian syndromes and dementia.
Feb 13, 2015

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