The Health Effect of Narcotics

In commemoration of World Anti-Narcotics Day on June 26, let’s learn more about the impact of narcotics to our health.

Narcotics comes from the Greek word meaning “stupor”. Originally narcotics were referred to as various substances to dull our senses and relieve pains. Now, the term of “narcotics” refers to opium, opium derivatives, and their semi-synthetic substitutes.

Studies show that our entire body will be affected by the drug use. It will disrupt our body functionalities, specifically in the nervous system, heart and blood vessels, skin, lungs, which may cause frequent headaches, nausea and vomiting, and insomnia.

Narcotics users will experience reproductive health disorders, such as decreased function of reproductive hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone), sexual dysfunction, changes in menstrual periods, menstrual irregularities, and amenorrhoea.

The long-term use of narcotics will lead to overdose and death.

Studies also show that consuming narcotics increases the risk of mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and psychosis.

In addition to those effects, narcotics may cause mental problems and affect a person’s psychological condition among others, makes you becoming more sluggish and careless, hard to concentrate, increase your aggressivity and increase ultimately suicidal tendencies.

1. DEA
2. Australian Government
3. Rumah Sakit Islam