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Can years of alcohol and drug abuse result in a person's heart just giving out one day in a sudden cardiac arrest?

Can years of alcohol and drug abuse result in a person's heart just giving out one day in a sudden cardiac arrest?

Years of alcohol: abuse can lead to an alcoholic cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy can lead to ventricular arrhythmia. Ventricular arrhythmia can lead to sudden death. In short, Yes. ...Read more

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Drug Addiction (Definition)

Drug addiction is a dangerous condition where people are addicted to, or dependent on, illicit or other ...Read more


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What defines drug abuse?

What defines drug abuse?

Drug Abuse : In dsm-iv, this is a persistent, "maladaptive pattern of substance use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress." there are: failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school, or home; recurrent drug use in physically hazardous situations (like driving); recurrent substance-related legal problems; & continued use despite social problems caused/worsened by the drug use. ...Read more

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How common is drug abuse?

How common is drug abuse?

Very common: Unfortunatey, the usa is a country plaged with both prescrition, and nonprescription drug addicts. Many of these individuals or occupying space in overcrowded prisions, others are at large, perhaps homeless, and using criminal means to support their drug habits. The war on drugs has failed horrably, and due to past misguided effects to erraticate cannibus, the real threat today crystal meth. ...Read more

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Drug abuse can cause pfieffers syndrome?

Drug abuse can cause pfieffers syndrome?

Not that I can find: Pfeiffer syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by premature fusion of certain skull bones (craniosynostosis), and abnormally broad and medially deviated thumbs and great toes. Most affected individuals also have an abnormal midface, with protruding eyes and conductive hearing loss. See:http://children.Webmd.Com/pfeiffer-syndrome-type-i best wishes. ...Read more

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How does drug abuse ruin a persons life?

How does drug abuse ruin a persons life?

Many ways: Drug addiction is a medical disease which can have devastating results on a personal, emotional, social, and work level. The person using drugs is usually unaware or reluctant to admit their problem until its too late. Act now! ...Read more

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How much should I worry about drug abuse?

How much should I worry about drug abuse?

Wow, tough question!: That is a very difficult question to answer as drug abuse can vary on so many different levels with so many different drugs. Abuse of caffeine (yes, it's a drug) is much different than abusing cocaine, heroin or other illegal drug. A good start to figuring out whether you need to worry is if using the drug causes any consequences in your life. If so, then yes, i would say you need to worry. ...Read more

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Can drug abuse cause mental health problems?

Can drug abuse cause mental health problems?

Yes.: Drug abuse has been associated with a number of different mental health problems. Mood changes (depression, anger outbursts), impulsive behavior, psychosis, anxiety, social withdrawal, lack of motivation are all common consequences of drug abuse. There are studies that show specific mental health problems associated with certain drugs. ...Read more

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Is drug abuse interchangeable with drug misuse?

Is drug abuse interchangeable with drug misuse?

Not really: Drug misuse can eventually lead to drug abuse before one is even aware of what is happening. Both are problematic and need medical intervention before these become larger issues. ...Read more

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Are there statistics on the effects of drug abuse?

Are there statistics on the effects of drug abuse?

Effects of drug use: According to the national institute on drug abuse, the annual cost in the U.S. Of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use is $600 billion. In most states, the legal threshold for intoxication is a blood alcohol level of .10%. Judgment, attention, and sensorimotor skills can be impaired at .05% bal. Spice, a synthetic form of marijuana, can cause increased heart rate & blood pressure like stimulants. ...Read more