Cocaine 101

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Posted: June 2, 2015

Cocaine is a highly addictive (stimulant) drug that originates from the coca plant. Cocaine has many different nick-names and has been called many different things over the years including, blow, yay, yayo, white, nose candy, and snow white just to name a few. Cocaine mainly effects the brain and nervous system and is mostly involves psychological changes, changes to how the person thinks and feels emotionally, and physical changes. While high on cocaine a person will also experience euphoria, self-confidence, and sociability. These are some of the more pleasurable side effects from using cocaine. Coca leaves have been around for over a thousand years and was originally chewed and ingested by native Peruvians. The more recent purified chemical, cocaine hydrochloride has been considered an abused substance for over 100 years and saw its highest popularity in the 1980’s and 1990’s when main suppliers of cocaine were Columbian drug lords and drug gangs, throughout the years Mexican drug cartels have started to run and produce cocaine to abuse and traffic as well.

Cocaine is used by people from all walks of life, is highly addictive, and does not discriminate on its victims. Cocaine is generally snorted, but by its more advanced users is known for being injected and smoked. Cocaine is looked at by most as a big “party drug”, but over the years has become much more than that. We see people of all ages abusing cocaine and generally a person does not only try cocaine one time. A person will never get the same high from cocaine that they once did, and the tolerance build up is extremely high when someone uses cocaine and can increase as quick as ones first time using the drug.  If snorted, the cocaine high only lasts at max about an hour and then is quickly followed by intense feelings of depression, edginess, and wanting more of the drug. Cocaine no matter how ingested gives off the same short-term effects including but not limited to, increased alertness, high energy, anxiety, decreased appetite, increased blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, heart attack risk, and heavy breathing.

Cocaine is highly addictive and even though many users start using the drug recreationally, it quickly turns into long term dangerous use. According to the National Institute on Drugs the number of deaths related to cocaine use jumped 29% from 2001-2013, and there is currently no antidote for a cocaine overdose. The cocaine epidemic is still very much alive. Cocaine is the second most trafficked illegal drug in the world and still remains a huge problem in North America.

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