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How Drug Overdose Affects People

Updated on November 8, 2016
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Drugs Abuse can be Fatal to any Person

I recently met a troubled woman.

I did not understand why she behaved in such a manner, and often she looked unhappy and confused.

After observations, I discovered her problems with a drug addicted son.

It was sad to see or know of someone in this way.

The problem started after her son married a woman with the same drug addiction problem.

The couple divorced and still the guy continued his addiction.

He has a mind of his own, though did not have the will to stop the addiction.

His entire body was affected badly with drugs.

He would take whatever he could find, even the over the counter drugs if Cocaine was not available including Heroin.

It went on for years and at the age of twenty eight he died on his latter stages. He stopped using drugs and tried to live normally with his family until one morning he never woke up.

It was too late!

The mother was devastated band she could not help him anymore, The end came and she could not bear to see her son lie motionless on his bed. Something no parent would want to experience.

There comes a time when it all passes by and with so much pain, the mother had to now heal from the inside to carry on without her son.

Taking medications to fulfill the need of the actual drug like cocaine caused many effects to this person's body.

  • The signs to look for in the individual addicted to drugs are as follows:

The rise in blood pressure, the temperature increases and decreases rapidly the pulse rate. and respiratory rate also increases and decreases.

Sometimes these signs are not seen or are just absent.

  • It can be very dangerous to one's life.

If the individual feels sleepiness, drowsiness, or they don't feel good feeling, and sometimes one can end up in a coma.

When one breathes in vomit into their lungs this can be another dangerous sign to look out for when an individual is behaving strangely.

  • The person feels sweaty or hot and at times dryness of the skin.

Chest pains is another problem that is shown this is if the heart or lung is damaged.

The breathing of the individual can be slow or shallow even rapid and deep. One can feel ill in their tummy causing the feeling of nausea, diarrhea or that feeling of vomiting.

When there is blood in their bowels this is among the extremely dangerous sign.

Drugs damage the organs when taken for very long periods and that is exactly what happened to this twenty eight year old.

His body had enough of all the drugs he used over the years.

Using a drug for certain purpose is helpful but if you abuse it health issues start to show and disrupt normal lives allowing he bad symptoms to show up.

  • I know of another case as follows:

I know of a woman who has a nearly thirty year old son he has been on drugs since a teenager and is also an alcoholic raised with one parent, and had everything he could have ever asked for from a young age.

Whatever his mother bought him he sold it for drugs and alcohol this has been going on for a long time. He is currently working but doing the same drugs and alcohol.

He spends his salary on drugs and alcohol and fights with his mother if he does not receive money from her to buy what is slowly killing him on the inside.

His life is ruined and has become a troubled man.

The mother worked for most of her life to make everything rosy for her one and only child but the lack of parent control and bad influences made this person a total waste of life.

  • If you met someone for the first time and they offered you some kind of drug would you go ahead and try some or would you shun them off?

  • It is often said that bad influences make good children the bad ones do you believe it?

Parents trust their child but when it comes to dealing with drugs it is most difficult to believe them.

  • Why do people take drugs?

Many individuals take drugs to fit in with a group and want to make a change to be with the same kind of people.

A drug in their mind solves problems it makes them feel like nothing or no one else in this world matters only for a short period.

  • The problem with drugs is not easily solved.

If you take a large amount of drugs it acts as a sedative and slows you down very fast. The more you take the more your body is poisoned by the substance.

  • I can't imagine seeing myself that way.

Drugs change a person's mind dramatically.

When a drug has an allergic reaction to your body no matter how much has been taken you can end up dead or in a paralyzed.

People involved in drugs don't think about what it does to the brain.

Drugs affect the mind terribly in taking one's mind away from their present moment. The individual can have inappropriate behaviors and can be destructive or violent.

If you are in pain drugs can help relieve that pain but if taken over a long period your sensations can be blocked off.

Memory loss is noticed some parts of a person's mind can go blank from drug abuse. The mind is clouded with drugs and failure sets in. Things get harder and the only way the individual can survive is with drugs.

There is no telling how far they will go to get their hands on their needs to feel good again.

  • Illegal drugs are used worldwide and many individuals are affected with this problem.

Prescribed drugs are different to the illegal drugs but are also not safe when one starts to get the prescribed drugs continuously and secretly.

The loss of a child from drug overdose makes a parent feel helpless and weak.

Sometimes poor parenting skills can make the problem bigger.

In a safe environment some parents feel their children are responsible enough to go out and be with friends they don't look further because the safe place makes them feel that way.

The child is with friends so all is okay, but it is not okay, unless the parent or parents know what their children are up to which is not easy to always know.

Most cases parents work and rely on their children to be the grown up at home but when a child spends all their time outdoors they want to explore and learn more.

They take what is offered to them get bored with daily activities and get involved with the wrong group.

  • Fitting in means they can dress to look cool and be like others in their group.

Parents can never always be there but with proper discipline things can work out.

You can't stop your child from taking drugs but you can prevent them from having access to drugs.

Make sure the group of friends your child has is a good one and remember your children can think for themselves and make their own decisions providing they are mature enough.

It is up to them to decide just being there to guide them and not to tell them what to do or how to do is very important.

Too many boundaries make parenting more difficult. Grounding your child for every little action is not going to discipline your child. You are the parent so listen, learn and look around you.

Care, love, and be cruel to be kind. Talk about drugs to your children and about certain incidents fatal or not to them. Most important bring their attention to light about everything they need to know about the rough world.

Hear of their opinion it makes the communication more important to all family members if taken seriously.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      justmesuzanne thank you for the vote up and useful I appreciate you stopping by here no one should be judged by their characters.

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      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Very good information to consider, especially with talented actor Phillip Seymore Hoffman's recent heroin overdose. There are so many factors at play. Being judgmental is surely not a helpful point of view, but lots of people online jumped right on the bandwagon to judge and condemn him. Voted up and useful. :)

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Minnetonka Twin At such a young age to lose loved ones from such addictions is indeed a sad experience. So kind of you to share your thoughts on this delicate subject.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I've have witnessed many loved ones with alcohol and drug addiction. My mother died from alcoholism at the young age of 39 and my brother died at the young age of 40 from the same disease. Glad to see you have written on this topic because the more open we all are, the better we can show people how it affects not only the user, but the friends and family of the user.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      MG Singh thank you for sharing your comments here

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      MG Singh 3 years ago from Singapore

      Very topical and well written post

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi AliciaC drugs are an every day problem thank you for sharing your valuable comment here.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good Morning MartieCoetser we are an hour difference in time hope you having a good Monday? It is sad to watch or know of someone with drug problems. Thank you for sharing your comment.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Drug addiction is a very serious and very sad condition. Your stories about your acquaintances are especially sad, Devika. I hope that people read your hub and think about the horrible consequences of taking drugs.

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      How sad to see a person committing suicide in slow motion by abusing drugs. I, too, have a friend who is watching her son killing himself. What can she do? She did convince him to go for treatment once, she provides the most expensive medicine to help him cope with withdrawal symptoms, just to see him time and again fall into temptation. Sad-sad-sad!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway you are so right drugs can rob a person of everything they worked for and it is also sad to such individuals throw their lives away. Thank you for sharing your constant comments.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I hope you have touched people's lives with this hub and caused them to think. Drugs can potentially rob a person of anything and everything that is important to him or her. There are so many beneficial and productive uses of time, so many more positive ways to pick yourself up than turning to such substances.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi kidscrafts you are so right about more help for addictions a touchy subject indeed you too enjoy the weekend. Thank you for the continuous support.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      There should be more help for people with addiction whatever the addiction, drugs, alcohol, etc. It's never easy for the family of the addicted person but I strongly believe that the person who takes the substance is not happy either. It takes courage to ask for help but maybe if it was more available with durable solutions to not go back, the success rate would be better. I think also there is no "one" solution; we should have several options because not everyone reacts the same way.

      Great article, Devika! Have a nice weekend!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good Afternoon Harishprasad I so agree with your comment well said and so kind of you to share such valuable thoughts here thank you for making the effort to comment on my hubs.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Lack of strength to tackle the hardships thrown at us, bad company and indifference toward children by parents are among some prominent reasons that spoils the young generation. Children should be guided from an early age to have a regard for this precious life that is bestowed on us. It feels so sad to learn about untimely death of so unripe lives. One of my friends also lost his eldest son this way. Devika, this article is very crucial and timely and I sincerely wish the youngsters realize the futility of such nasty pursuits and instead engage themselves in some far satisfying and beneficial ventures.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Pamela99 thank you for the vote up so kind of you to come by have a pleasant weekend.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc A tough subject indeed and is always good to read more about such problems thank you very much for commenting

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ericdierker thank you for sharing your kind comments I appreciate your continuous support.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Faith thank you always for the votes up more and shared. A difficult to cope with subject indeed.

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      This is an excellent hub, full of all the pertinent information about drug addicts and the possible physical effects. This is a well-written hub. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I'm an alcoholic, so I have spent quite a few years talking to alcoholics and drug addicts. This is a tough subject but an important one, and I've always believed that knowledge is power. Well done!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. We always need more awareness in this difficult area. Thank you.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Powerful hub here. Drug addiction is such a terrible thing and not only harms the person using, but the person's family and all who may come into contact with the addict. Up and more and sharing. Blessings, Faith Reaper