Drug Abuse and Dependence (cont.)
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You may not feel that using drugs is a problem. Maybe you feel that you are a casual user because you use drugs only now and then. You may feel that you can stop using drugs at any time.
How drugs affect your health
Drugs can cause you to have health problems, such as:
Drugs also can lead to problems with thinking and remembering. They can affect judgment, decision-making, emotions, and learning.
Different drugs harm your body in different ways. For more information, see:
How drugs affect your life
You are more likely to have unsafe sex when on drugs, and you may get and spread sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If you're pregnant, drugs can pass into your uterus and harm your baby.
Drug use also can lead to problems with your partner, family, or friends. You and your family may feel that you have turned against each other. You may be angry at them, and they may be angry at you. You may do poorly at work or in school, or you may even quit. You also can have legal problems, like being arrested for driving while on drugs or for using or selling drugs.
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