Drug abuse: Effects on respiratory system 2

17 May, 2020 - 13:05 0 Views
Drug abuse: Effects on respiratory system 2


Mthandazo Ndlovu 

We are staying at home, keeping sober and being safe as we continue with the effects of alcohol , drugs and substances of abuse on the respiratory system.

When the brain does not get enough oxygen, either caused by blood smudging or desaturation, it can cause a drinker to pass out or black out.

This typically occurs in severe cases of oxygen deprivation to the body, caused by a high quantity of alcohol in the bloodstream.

Alcohol does many things to the human body. As a result, the tissues and organs in your body are unable to receive oxygen from the blood.

Without oxygen, cells, tissues and organs cannot function properly. This impacts the tissues and organs in the body, causing them to experience a suffocation effect, as they are not receiving an adequate level of oxygen from the blood.

Having a healthy respiratory system is very important. Its main function is to provide the blood with oxygen so that as blood flows all over our body, it carries with it the oxygen. This process is made possible through breathing. As you know, we breathe in oxygen, and we breathe out carbon dioxide.

However, because of drug abuse, the respiratory system can suffer from different problems. Being
aware of these is vital because who knows you might be doing some of these activities that can be considered as a misuse of these medicines and other stuff. Let us talk about some of these drugs.

This drug is legal in some countries but when misused through regular smoking of marijuana, may also lead to different respiratory problems ranging from the simple effects to the complicated ones.

Frequent coughing, production of phlegm, lung infections with increased risks and greater probability of blocked airways are some of these.

Marijuana can also cause lung cancer and other defects in the respiratory tract. It is because of the carcinogens and irritants it contains. The drug contains enzymes that can change some hydrocarbons into different forms of carcinogenic, which at an extreme level can create malignant cells.

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