Cocaine and Opioid Abuse Connected to Potentially Fatal Heart Disease
A recent NIDA press release shows how it’s not just opioid addiction that is connected to endocarditis, but new studies show cocaine addiction increases the risk for potentially fatal heart disease too. These findings highlight how it’s not just the act of drug abuse itself that is dangerous; there are also the many potentially lethal health problems that might come up throughout the individual’s addiction, health problems that are a direct result of that drug abuse.
Meth Abuse and Resulting Heart Failure are on the Rise Around the World
A recent study published in the journal Heart provided a worldwide examination of meth abuse, addiction trends, and the cardiovascular implications of meth addiction. The researchers found that no matter which country they examined, meth abuse was on the rise. Further, everywhere the researchers found meth addiction, addicts in that country suffered cardiovascular complications.
Cannabis Users at Greater Risk for Heart Rhythm Disorder
A new study showed that cannabis users experience a 35% increase in their risk for developing the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation. A-fib reduces quality of life and increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, kidney disease, heart attack, and dementia.
Khat Is Abused All Over the World, and It’s Coming to America
Khat is a mystery drug of sorts, as few people in the western world know what it is or what kind of harm it can do. However, khat is becoming more common in the United States, and Americans must get informed on this substance. Families need to learn about khat and encourage their loved ones to avoid it.
Stimulant Addiction Comes Roaring Back onto the National Stage
If we focus too closely on the opioid epidemic, we could miss the growing problem with abuse of stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine, and prescription drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and others. Just like opioids, these drugs can be deadly.