Starving at home and keeping sober

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Starving at home and keeping sober

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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.

Marijuana
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.

Cocaine
Lung damage is the most common effect when you smoke cocaine. It may begin with a simple chest pain until it becomes a serious respiratory failure.

Heroin
The effects of this drug in the respiratory system include different lung problems like tuberculosis and pneumonia. The unhealthy lifestyle of the abuser can also be associated with heroin’s miserable effects on breathing. Most of the preservatives, additives and other related chemicals that you commonly found just along the street, includes elements that are not that easily dissolved by the body which then results to blocked and congested blood vessels that are supposed to deliver oxygen and blood to the kidneys, liver, lungs, and brain. If not treated properly and immediately, the simple infection can lead to death.

Inhalants
Different inhalants also, if abused through excessive inhalations can cause various complications. Example of this is Asphyxiation, which if taken up more than the right amount, can displace the oxygen in the lungs and replace it with inhaled fumes that become highly concentrated over time. It will result in suffocation because the air now is being blocked from entering the lungs. Others will also experience choking.

Tobacco and Nicotine
Smoking cigarettes have been part of lives of many people. They say it is their way to relax. Despite the several warnings of the dangerous effects it brings, they keep on doing it. The substances used in cigarettes such as tobacco and nicotine can cause emphysema, bronchitis and lung cancer.

Excessive intake of this drug can cause slow breathing as it also blocks the airways. If you have asthma, it can make the symptoms worse.

The signs and symptoms of drug abuse in the respiratory system can come in different ways. But the common logic here is that the body is not receiving the appropriate amount of oxygen because of clogged blood vessels and blocked airways. Knowing these indications is very significant so that you will be able to respond immediately and appropriately especially in the time that we are in.

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