December 29, 2016
(CNN) – Can drug use contribute to a person’s earlier-than-expected death, even if they stopped using long ago? Undoubtedly, yes. Although each drug causes unique physiological and neurological effects, all drugs overlap in one important way, said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief for psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital, New Hyde Park in New York. All drugs cause changes in the brain, some in ways that may be long-lasting or even permanent.