Your Brain on Drugs – Why I Don’t Trust Illegal Drugs

Parkinson’s and Cocaine

Not to be un-hip but honestly, looking at common sense, it’s obvious that at some point the brain has to fry on drugs just like Nancy Reagan said.

The Tragic Case of Robin Williams

A 2005 study at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital found that people who abuse cocaine increase their risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. They found that cocaine altered nerves in the substantia nigra region of the brain, making them more vulnerable to a toxin (MPTP) known to cause symptoms of PD.
Williams admitted he suffered cocaine addiction in the 70s and early 80s, but the untimely death of his friend John Belushi from a drug overdose caused him to quit using drugs and drinking. He never took cocaine again, he told the Guardian newspaper.

When Robin Williams committed suicide last week, his publicist announced he had been suffering from severe depression. Within days, his wife revealed he had also been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and was experiencing the early stages of the deadly disease.
Shocked experts and fans believed that the combination of the two ailments pushed the beloved comedian over the edge and caused him to take his own life.
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The whole thing about IQ and pot use is debatable:  (not sure) 2017 article (anti)

Marijuana and Schizophrenia?


Anyway, of what’s listed in this article: the cocaine/crack stuff has the worst consequence: Parkinson’s – so it’s the most scary by far!

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