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Drug Abuse Infectious Diseases

Drug abuse and infectious diseases go hand in hand. Anyone who is abusing drugs is at high risk for contracting and spreading infectious diseases by the use of drugs through injection by reusing and sharing needles, and other drug paraphernalia, and unprotected sex.

Those with substance abuse issues are at high risk of developing infectious diseases such as HIV and AIDS. In fact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that injection drug use has been responsible for more than one-third of all adult and adolescent AIDS cases reported in the U.S. since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.


Drug users not only have a high incidence not only of HIV/AIDS but also of other sexually transmitted diseases including Hepatitis, syphilis, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and genital herpes. This is in connection with the high-risk behaviors associated with drug abuse, such as unprotected sex and the exchange of sex for drugs and is most common for those abusing crack cocaine.


In order to handle infectious diseases caused by drug abuse  the abuser must stop the use of drugs, especially the intravenous use, stop sharing needles and other drug paraphernalia and stop having unprotected sex. Often times a successful drug rehab program will help the addict to cease behaviors which are a result of drug abuse that have caused the individual to contract or spread infectious diseases.
Anyone who has been exposed an infectious disease as a result of drug abuse is a candidate for drug rehab. Call Narconon Arrowhead at 800-468-6933 to get help now!

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