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Liver Damage

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When my teacher explained what my liver does for my body, I totally understood how sniffing inhalants, like glue or gasoline, damages my liver. Now, I get to share this information with you. The liver is one of the biggest organs in the body and it helps us digest everything we put into our body. The liver also helps us filter out waste and harmful substances from the blood. Can you guess what I am going to say next? If you guessed that I am going to tell you that inhalants are poisons, you are right. And, when we bring these poisons into our body, we make our liver work extra hard, which might cause it to break down and not function as well.

Source: Girlpower.gov

Chronic use of some drugs, such as heroin, inhalants and steroids, may lead to significant damage to the liver.

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National Institute of Drug Abuse (December 14 2012). Liver Damage. In Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/medical-consequences-drug-abuse/liver-damage

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