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African Journal of Biotechnology

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The relationship between drug abuse and microbial infections

HI Inabo

Abstract


Drugs of abuse such as cocaine, opiates, alcohol, and marijuana among others alter the neuropsychological, pathophysiological responses as well as the immune functions. Studies have shown that there are correlative observations between the use of these drugs and increased levels of microbial infections among drug users. These correlations appears to have effects on the immune
system and are receptor mediated, directly or indirectly. The numerous drugs of abuse and the attendant infectious diseases are discussed.



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