Health Consequences of Drug Misuse
HIV, Hepatitis, and Other Infectious Diseases

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Drug use is linked to risky behaviors such as needle sharing and unsafe sex and can also weaken the immune system. This combination greatly increases the likelihood of contracting HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases.

Drugs that are commonly injected and can lead to HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases: