While all drugs have the potential to be harmful, even life-threatening, there are some drugs that are inherently more dangerous than others. This is particularly true if the user is abusing the drug, or drugs, of choice, combining drugs with other substances, and/or taking drugs illegally. As such, each year there is an increase in drug-related deaths in the U.S. 

While some drugs have the potential to cause immediate, sudden death, other drugs create long-term health side-effects that can eventually lead to fatality. Therefore, learning about which drugs are the most detrimental to the user, can potentially mitigate the chances of one overdosing and being in a life-threatening situation. Furthermore, it is important to note that if you or a loved one struggles with an addiction to any of these drugs that medical, professional help be sought immediately.

The Top 5 Most Dangerous Drugs in the World

#1: Nicotine (Tobacco): 

One of the most commonly abused drugs, and also one of the most deadly, is nicotine. In fact, nicotine alone is responsible for over 480,000 deaths in the U.S. per year, costing the U.S. billions of dollars annually. However, despite the warning labels printed on each box of tobacco, most people have a hard time breaking the cycle of nicotine usage. This is because nicotine is also one of the most addictive drugs available and because it has a highly relaxing side-effect. As such, since culture is gravitating more towards a stressful lifestyle, the unfortunate reality is that nicotine use is continually being utilized as a means to “de-stress”. 

Smoking, in particular, is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths, causing around 90% of all lung-related fatalities every year. Additionally, smoking tobacco increases one’s risk of death by a stroke, coronary heart disease, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is especially true if one combines smoking with other substances like alcohol, which it commonly is.

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#2: Alcohol: 

Ranking right up there with nicotine, alcohol is also one of the most highly abused substances on the planet. Because culture tends to accept, even promote, alcohol-use, this is also one of the hardest drugs to quit, as many people do not sense they have a problem with alcohol use until it’s too late. As a result, alcohol is responsible for 88,000 U.S. deaths per year.

Some side effects from consuming alcohol include: slurred speech or blacking out, or even more severe symptoms, like liver disease and coma, especially if abused long-term. 

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#3: Fentanyl 

Fentanyl is an extremely potent Opioid that was at one time used as a prescription medication in hospitals to treat moderate to severe pain. However, this drug has now, in this day and age, taken many forms and is oftentimes synthetically manufactured and highly abused. 

50 to 100 times stronger than Morphine and 50 times the strength of Heroin, Fentanyl is extremely dangerous and can cause death upon first use. In fact, there were 18,335 deaths reported as a result of Fentanyl use, accounting for nearly 30% of all drug-related deaths. Because Fentanyl is extremely addictive and dangerous, it is essential that one seek professional, medical help when detoxing off Fentanyl.

#4: Heroin: 

Another highly addictive Opioid, Heroin is responsible for killing around 16,000 users in 2016. As such, Heroin ranks as one of the most deadly drugs available in the world today. Furthermore, because Heroin is oftentimes combined with other synthetic chemicals, like Fentanyl, a user can encounter fatality upon first use. 

Since Heroin is extremely addictive, it can be extremely difficult to quit. Therefore, if one is addicted to this drug, it is vital for their health and safety that they get appropriate detox guidance. Seeking help through an inpatient drug rehab facility is the most effective way to detox and stay sober for the long-run, especially from highly addictive drugs like Heroin.

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#5: Cocaine 

Unfortunately this highly addictive and dangerous drug has become more and more popular as time has gone on, rising from 5,070 deaths in 2011 to around 11,316 in 2016. Much like Heroin, Cocaine triggers a “euphoria” experience in user’s due to the large amount of dopamine that gets released when taken. 

With its highly damaging effects to the body and mind of the user, Cocaine can cause intense feelings of paranoia, excitability, weight loss, anxiety, and depression. Some withdrawal symptoms often experienced from withdrawal include: agitation and restless behavior, depression, fatigue, feelings of discomfort and uncomfortability, and unpleasant dreams. As such, detoxing off Cocaine can be extremely challenging, as the user typically craves the drug to ward off withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, just as the other drugs require trained medical help to safely detox, it is necessary to the safety of the individual abusing Cocaine to seek professional help when detoxing.

How to Get Help if You are Addicted to the Most Dangerous Drugs in the World 

Attempting to detox off any drug, whether it be on this previously mentioned list or not, can put the user at risk of encountering serious, even fatal, withdrawal symptoms. Therefore, it is never advised that one try to quit a drug by themselves, especially trying to quit cold-turkey. For this reason, it is vital to the safety of the individual struggling with addiction that they seek help through a trained medical professional or an inpatient drug rehab facility that knows how to appropriately and safely detox the individual. Inpatient drug rehabs are particularly helpful when trying to achieve long-term recovery as they remove all distractions and temptations that keep one craving further drug use and provide the care, support, and guidance of trained addiction specialists that can teach one how to maintain lifelong sobriety. 

If you are struggling with an addiction, the time to take back control of your life and your sobriety is now. Reach out to a friendly treatment provider today and be liberated from the chains of addiction once and for all so that you can start walking on the path to a better tomorrow immediately.

Amanda Stevens

Amanda Stevens

Amanda is a prolific content writer, and is in recovery from disordered eating. She has a passion for health, nutrition, meditation, spiritual practices, and being a mother of a beautiful daughter.

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