Drug kills your mental health before it kills your body

UCSF has done smoking cessation with people with major mental illness, i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar, and other serious diagnoses as well separately doing smoking cessation with homeless people, and the quit rate is comparable to the general population.


By David Joel Miller

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Off all the drugs out there, legal or illegal one drug alone accounts for the bulk of the drug related deaths each year. That drug is Nicotine and the predominant ways it gets into your body is by smoking or second-hand smoke.

We have known for 50 years or more that Tobacco and smoking were harmful to our physical health but we are only now seeing the extend of the connection between smoking and other societal problems such as mental illness and homelessness.

For every one person that dies of an illegal drug Nicotine kills 200 people. That is not an argument for legalizing other drugs. We have seen highly publicized drug deaths recently from illegal drugs. Heroin and prescribed Opiates can kill quickly and with alcohol in the blood stream the overdose death rate sores.

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About jamesmatter

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in private practice in San Francisco. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples, with focus on substance use and abuse and co-occurring disorders (having both a mental illness and an addiction).
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