Which Substances do the Most Damage?


While there are absolutely no illegal or regulated substances that do positive things for the body, there are a few substances that are much more deadly than others. Addiction to these drugs greatly increases the risk of morbid and irreplaceable injury, and in some cases, death.
The number one most dangerous substance is alcohol, but not for the reasons you may think. Though alcohol in and of itself can be linked to a number of illnesses and diseases like heart disease and cirrhosis of the liver, the real reason behind its danger is the fact that so many people feel they can function under its influence, and end up in horrible situations like accidents. In fact, studies show that about six people die from alcohol poisoning in the United States alone every day, which adds up to a massive 2,200 deaths just from alcohol poisoning annually. When you combine that number with the amount of deaths that come from drunk driving, the total death toll year after ricochets up to more than 10,000. As for what alcohol can do in the long term, the details are horrifying. Alcohol has been proven to increase the chances of cancer, and its frequent consumption can lead to seizures, hypothermia, and unconsciousness! With alcohol’s relatively easy accessibility, it is fitting that the substance also does the most damage to the most people. The only time alcohol is ever recommended is in consuming a glass of red wine a few days a week, in moderation. Consuming this way may actually increase your chances of a longer life.
The second most dangerous substance is the opioid. There is no other drug that has consistently recorded overdose levels as high as opioids, and these overdoses often spell certain death. There are many drugs that fall into the opioid category, including OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl. The ones that produce the most deaths are heroin, oyxcodone, fentanyl, and morphine. In 2015, over 33,000 people died from an opioid overdose, according to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention. Of those deaths, heroin in particular accounted for almost half. Part of the reason these synthetic drugs are so dangerous is because of their highly addictive properties, and because in their purest form overdose can occur from even the smallest of consumption.
The consumption of any drug or restricted substance can be fatal, no matter if it is considered particularly dangerous or not. The best way to avoid any issues is to steer clear of substances completely!

All substances have the ability to kill, and addiction puts your life at risk everyday. Don’t play Russian Roulette with your life. Get help now. Call Oceanfront Recovery at (877)279-1777 today!