By: Trey Byers
The long term effects of drugs includes heart disease, lung desease, cancer, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other serious issues that can ruin the health of your body and mind mentally and physically. Long term drug use can also lead to serious addiction as well. Drug use can also have indirect effects on both the people who are taking the drug and on those around them.
Statistics show that most people use drugs for the first time when they are teenagers. In 2013 alone there were over 2.8 million new users street drugs which is about 7,800 new users per day. 54.1 percent of these people were under 18 years of age.
I haven't had an experience with drugs but I know people who have ruined their lives because of their addiction. I have seen people lose their relationship with their own family and loved ones over drugs and I can relate to this because one of these people was my cousin.
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