Illicit drug users may face many consequences

By Staff Writer

Opiate addiction can have a significant impact on an individual’s life. Dependency on the drug can make it difficult to continue with daily routines and adolescents who use it may be unable to finish their degree. This may seriously jeopardize their long-term health.

For instance, a new study published in the European Heart Journal found that individuals with less education are more likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease. The researchers followed nearly 19,000 men and women for over 30 years and found that those with the least education are more than twice as likely to be admitted to the hospital for chronic heart failure.

Researchers said that excessive stress levels experienced by those with less education may be to blame for the increased heart risk.

A 2004 study published in the journal The Lancet showed that adolescents who use illicit drugs tend to have far less lifetime educational attainment than those who abstain. Aside from the direct consequences of opiate addiction, the attending repercussions may be equally harmful.