Health Consequences of Drug Misuse
Musculoskeletal Effects

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Image of the human musculoskeletal system
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Many drugs can affect muscular control and skeletal strength. Steroid use during childhood or adolescence, resulting in artificially high sex hormone levels, can signal the bones to stop growing earlier than they normally would, leading to short stature. PCP can cause a user to have severe muscle contractions. Other drugs may also cause severe muscle cramping, muscle relaxation and overall muscle weakness.

Drugs that can affect the musculoskeletal system: