The use of drugs in the short term often produce symptoms of lethargy, depression, insomnia and loss of appetite that may also lead to weight loss.
Long term use can lead to severe physiological damage, psychosis, paranoia and schizophrenia. Drug abuse can have severe consequences such as:
- Risk to personal safety – danger of death or injury by overdose, accident or aggression.
- Damage to health – including brain damage, liver failure, mental problems etc.
- Legal consequences – risk of imprisonment, fine and criminal record.
- Destructive behaviour – that can harm self, family and friends.
- Loss of employment