ISSN ONLINE: 2558-815X
ISSN PRINT: 1584-9244
ISSN-L: 1584-9244

The lung effects of illicit drugs


Illicit drugs use is a real public health issue, especially among young people. The totality of the drugs harmful effects on the body is difficult to quantify, especially because of poor epidemiological data and ethical concerns about the inclusion of consumers in clinical trials. However, health professionals need to be alert to identify, report and fight drug-related pathology. This article aims to draw attention to the lung pathology induced by the consumption of some of the most commonly used illicit drugs: cocaine, heroin and cannabis.
Keywords: cocaine, heroin, cannabis, pulmonary disease.

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Corresponding author:
Camelia Diaconu
Internal Medicine Clinic, Clinical Emergency Hospital of Bucharest, 8 Calea Floreasca, Bucharest, Romania


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