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.