Narconon Releases New Information on the Health Effects of Drugs

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Much has been made in recent years of the rise of prescription drug abuse. With increasing numbers of Americans taking prescription medication, more and more people from all walks of life are abusing their pharmaceutical drugs, and many of them get hooked or die of an overdose. More recently, an alarm has been sounded over the fact that a new class of drugs, referred to as synthetic drugs and including substances such as bath salts, synthetic marijuana, and Smiles or N-bomb, has emerged. These substances produce similar effects to common street drugs but are often found to be legal for purchase even at gas stations and convenience stores and are mistakenly thought by young people to be safer than other drugs. Even as these disturbing trends are taking place and deserve ample attention, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that the established street drugs that have been with us for decades continue to pose a major threat to public health. Recently, Narconon has taken action to refocus attention on the potential for health damage caused by illicit drugs by releasing a report on the risks of using cocaine.

“Everyone who is using or tempted to abuse drugs or alcohol needs to have this information in their hands now,” says Narconon International President Clark Carr in commenting on the release of the new report. “A person who starts using cocaine isn’t thinking about the fact that cocaine could damage or even kill him the first time he uses it. To save lives, we are releasing health risk information for each illicit drug, starting with cocaine.” The cocaine report is the first of what will be a series of reports on the risks associated with using various types of illicit drugs. Narconon is releasing the report as a free online resource on their website [which can be viewed by following this link:

Anyone who is interested is encouraged not only to read the report but also to share the link on social media to spread the word to everyone who should know about the dangers of using this common drug.

Is Cocaine Really Dangerous?

Cocaine has for decades been recognized as a highly dangerous drug, but it is also one which has continued to be widely popular on the drug scene. A long list of celebrities have admitted to using the drug, with many ending up dead due to overdose on the drug or other health complications related to cocaine. A recent example was Whitney Houston, whose death was ruled to be caused in part by the scarring of her heart caused by years of heavy cocaine abuse.


Cocaine is not only a drug for the wild party scene in Hollywood. People from all walks of life and across America can be found using cocaine, and a large percentage become dependent on this notoriously addictive drug. Addiction is not, however, the only risk. Cocaine can cause serious heart damage, and it also dangerously affects the brain, intestines, vascular system and of course, has serious effects on unborn children. In this new website feature, anyone can find out more about the effects cocaine can have on their health and the risk of death that accompanies the drug. We will follow this feature with additional information on all the other drugs of abuse. People need to know the risks. Take the time now to read the Narconon Cocaine Health Risk report by following the link above and spread the message to make sure that those you care about are also warned.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.