Diabetes and Drugs This is definitely a subject worth further research.  It’s surprising that little is really known about how a diabetic really fares after prolonged opiate or amphetamine use.  It is more clear with alcohol.  We know it is a deadly mix.  Legal and Illegal Drugs: What Every Person With Diabetes Should Know Before They Party is a piece from Diabetes Health Magazine that offers some street smarts on diabetes and drugs.  One thing for sure the resulting impact on a diabetics body and the costs to society that follow the erratic behavior of a diabetic addict is profoundly negative. Consider this personal witness  in the piece:  Just One Addict!  Breaking the Back of a Los Angeles Budget.  Clearly half of these costs stem from an acute diabetic complication call DKA, diabetic ketoacidosis.   A diabetic addict easily can succumb to DKA from neglecting insulin intake which is common among addicts.  A  famous diabetic heiress with drug problem, Casey Johnson, recently died from what was thought to be drug related.  Now it is known she died as a result of DKA.   Diabetes and drugs, despite how much science knows or doesn’t know is simply a bad combination.  Links by Mary S.