Urology Research & Practice

Urological Implications Associated with the Use of Recreational Drugs: A Narrative Review


Urology Trainee, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Cardiff, UK


Urology registrar, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen university hospital, UK


Registrar Dunedin Hospital, Southern District Health Board, New Zealand


General Practitioner, Gravesend, Kent, UK


Consultant Urological Surgeon, Darrent Valley Hospital, UK & Visiting Professor, Canterbury Christchurch University, UK

Urol Res Pract 2022; 48: 254-261
DOI: 10.5152/tud.2022.22066
Read: 551 Downloads: 205 Published: 01 July 2022

About 275 million people worldwide aged between 15 and 64 years used drugs at least once since 2016. Initial estimations suggest that 13.8 million young people between 15 and 16 years used cannabis every year. Recreational drug use contributes significantly to mortality as well as physical and mental health problems. A number of urological complications can arise from the use of common and emerging recreational drugs which can present as wide spectrum affecting lower and upper urinary tracts, kidneys, sexual organs as well as sexual dysfunction. In order to effectively manage these issues, urologists need to be cognizant of these complications in their patients, particularly among youths. This review attempted to consolidate available data and provide insight into this issue; however, further population-based epidemiological studies are needed to provide necessary guidelines.

Cite this article as: Wani M, Hamdoon M, Dewar G, Buakuma P, Madaan S. Urological implications associated with the use of recreational drugs: A narrative review. Turk J Urol. 2022;48(4):254-261.

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