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Recreational drugs

Almost all recreational drugs are processed by and are toxic to the liver. Some are more toxic than others, but all will stress your liver. The likelihood is they will contain impurities which are also toxic. In general, injecting drugs is more dangerous as it bypasses the filtering system of the stomach. five pound note

In addition to the active ingredients in recreational drugs there may also be other, unspecified and unknown ingredients such as talcum powder and flour as well as other ground drugs. The effect that these substances may have on the liver is difficult to assess.

If you want to stop using recreational drugs, there are places where you can get help. If you don't, you may want to consider trying to reduce the harm they do.

Places to get help

If you have decided that you want to make some changes to your lifestyle but feel that a little help or support may be useful there are a number of avenues you could consider. Some may be able to provide help directly, while others will be able to refer you to an appropriate person or organisation for help.

Check out the Drug and Alcohol support listing and Different types of support in the Support section