Hi guys it has been for a while since i posted i apologize for not being active but still i'm moving on with my research "drugs " my inquiry question being i wonder why do people take illegal drugs just for fun or self gain ?,i thought of effects of drugs on the skeletal system and this what i came up with

             The Skeletal System

The human skeletal system contains of 206 bones and a very intricate and extensive network of tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that connect the bones to one another, to muscle tissue, and to other types of tissue. All of the bones and the related tissues in the body are actually complex living organisms that are made up of cells that work together to perform their function.

 The function of the skeletal system is to provide a framework and support network for the organs in the human body and to allow the body to function properly. The framework or skeletal system can be likened to the foundation of the building. When the foundation is damaged, the entire building is in jeopardy.

There have been numerous research studies that have suggested that the density of an individual’s bones can be affected by chronic substance abuse. Research has demonstrated that individuals with chronic substance abuse issues (e.g., methamphetamine abuse) as a group have lower bone densities than individuals who have no history of substance abuse or diagnosis of a substance use disorder.

The reasons for this relationship are not well understood, but it has been hypothesized that the individuals with chronic substance use disorders often do not pay attention to their self-care and diet, which could contribute to the loss of bone density. It has also been hypothesized that the effects of some drugs may directly affect the skeletal system, resulting in a decrease in bone density.


There are a variety of consequences of drug abuse on the human body.  Here are a few of the complications that can be caused to the skeletal system.


Osteomyelitis, or bone infection, has been linked to intravenous drug abuse. Over time, osteomyelitis can cause disability by destroying bones from the inside out. Osteomyelitis is associated with the use of dirty needles and contaminated drugs, such as heroin and methamphetamine.


Scientists have long known about the effects of drug abuse on bone density. Osteoporosis is often caused by the malnutrition seen in long-term stimulant users. People addicted to cocaine and methamphetamine commonly go for long periods without eating and consume low-quality foods when they do eat. Opiate addiction has been linked to osteopenia, or reduced bone density, which can precede full-blown osteoporosis.


Arthritis is the inflammation in joints. Inflammation is a process in which the body's white blood cells and immune proteins help protect us from infection and foreign substances such as bacteria and viruses. In some diseases, however, the body's immune system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign substances to fight off.  In these diseases, called autoimmune diseases, the body's normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues. The body responds as if normal tissues are infected or somehow abnormal.  Malnutrition is typically the cause among drug and alcohol users. The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, is commonly associated with nutrient and mineral deficiencies that reduce the body’s ability to repair itself and fight off disease.


Effects of Drug Abuse on the Spine

Spinal health is often reduced by long-term poor postural habits, such as slouching. The effects of drug abuse on posture are especially visible in users of depressants, such as opiates. In stimulant users, chronic muscle tension can make correct, relaxed posture impossible. Over time, these issues weaken the spine’s supporting muscles and increase the risk of spinal injury from routine lifting.

These are not the only skeletal problems caused by drug abuse. Any time malnutrition occurs, systemic health problems can result. Due to the high nutritional needs of the skeletal system, it is likely to suffer in the face of poor diet. Compounded by the other effects of drug abuse on the bones, the skeletal system of drug abusers can end up devastated. 


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Hi Bruce, 

It's so awesome that you're diving into the topics of effects of drug abuse on the systems of the body, specifically concerning the skeletal system which is not an area that one would normally believe to be impacted greatly by the use of drugs. I enjoyed the structure of your research, it was easy to follow and captivated my attention right at the start. Your conclusion for this round left me curious about the systemic effects of drug abuse, and hinted at the possibility of a connection between drug abuse and malnutrition. It would be very interesting if you researched further into this topic, as nutrition is vital for our body to function and a lack thereof could result in organ failure, increased brain vulnerability, and much more. Since drug abuse is very common amongst teenagers, this could be lethal as we are still growing and nutrition should be thorough and balanced. Therefore, if you wanted to look further into this topic, I think that there are many ideas that you could expand in the future that tie into the various negative effects of drug abuse on your body and on the systems of your body. 

If you're interested in researching this, here are some links to get you started:



Keep up the great work!

Hello Bruce,,,

I found your topic fantastic as it  clearly give us an educative information about drugs,Osteoarthritis  is also commonly associated with consuming a poor diet that does not contain a extensive balance of nutrients, vitamins e.t.c.

An alcoholic person can experience  osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, or other brittle bone conditions. This increases the risk of fractures or breaks, especially when combined with the loss of physical coordination that occurs when a person is drunk.Other inhalant drugs damages bone marrow. They cause skeletal abnormalities if abused over a long time.

Great post Bruce!

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