People use drugs for recreation because they enjoy some of their effects, but there are also many short- and long-term effects that are unpleasant, harmful, or potentially fatal. It is important to be aware of the risks involved.
Short-term hazards may occur soon after taking a drug, possibly after only one dose. Long-term risks result from repeated use.
|Drug||Short-term hazards||Long-term hazards|
|Ecstasy|| || |
|Amphetamines|| || |
|Cocaine|| || |
|Crack|| || |
|Cannabis (marijuana)|| || |
|Heroin|| || |
|Solvents (eg. glue, petrol, aerosols)|| || |
|Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)|| || |
|Phencyclidine, or phenocyclo-piperidine (PCP)|| || |
|Ketamine|| || |
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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