Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. The pure chemical, cocaine hydrochloride,
has been an abused substance for more than 100 years. Coca leaves, the source of cocaine, has been injected for thousands
Cocaine is generally sold on the street as a fine white crystalline powder.
Cocaine can be snorted through the nose, smoked or injected. Injecting cocaine, or any drug, carries an added risk of
infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, if the user shares a needle with a person already infected with the virus.
The drug can also be rubbed onto mucous tissues. Some users combine cocaine powder or crack with heroin in a speed ball.
Freebase is a form of cocaine that is smoked and extremely dangerous. It appears that compulsive cocaine may develop
even more rapidly if the substance is smoked rather than snorted.
Cocaine reaches the brain within seconds, resulting in a sudden and intense high. However, the euphoria quickly disappears,
leaving the user with an enormous craving to keep on freebasing. The user usually increases the dose and the frequency to
satisfy this craving, resulting in addiction and physical debilitation. Crack is the street name given to the form of freebase
that comes in the form of small lumps or shavings. The term crack refers to the crackling sound that is made when the mixture
is smoked (heated).
Short-Term effects of Cocaine:
- Increased energy.
- Decreased appetite.
- Mental alertness.
- Increased heart rate.
- Increased blood pressure.
- Constricted blood vessels.
- Increased temperature.
- Dilated pupils.
Long-Term side effects:
- Mood disturbances.
- Auditory hallucinations
Cocaine is the type of drug that is very addicting. If you have tried it once, only expecting to do it once, you may not
have that sort of choice with this drug.
If you use cocaine in a binge, during the time the drug is taken over and over and at increasingly high dosages, leads
to a state of increased irritability, restlessness, and paranoia. The result of this may be a full-blown paranoid psychosis.
This is where the user loses touch with reality and experiences auditory hallucinations.
Medical Consequences Of Cocaine Abuse:
- Disturbances in heart rhythm.
- Heart attacks.
- Chest pain.
- Respiratory failure.
- Seizures and headaches.
Did You Know?
- Coca-Cola used to contain Cocaine. It was named back in 1885 for
its two "medicinal" ingredients: extract of coca leaves and kola nuts.
The health board figures that in an entire year's supply of Coca-Cola Syrup, 25- odd million gallons, that there might
be 6-hundredths of an ounce of cocaine.
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|Black rock (crack cocaine)
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|Candy sugar (powder cocaine)
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