Cocaine

 

Cocaine is an extremely powerful and addictive stimulant drug.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, an estimated 1.5 million Americans use cocaine.

 

Often times cocaine is mixed with other things such as flour, cornstarch, or talcum powder. In some cases, it can be mixed with other drugs such as amphetamine, or synthetic opioids, including fentanyl. Mixing cocaine with other drugs increases the risks surrounding the use of cocaine due to the user being unaware of potential side effects.

 

What are the Short-Term Effects of Cocaine Use?

 

The effects of cocaine use can appear almost immediately and last anywhere between a few minutes to an hour. The duration and may intensity vary. The immediate short-term side effects include:

  • Extreme happiness 

  • Lots of energy

  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and touch

  • Irritability

  • Feelings of paranoia

What are the Long-Term Consequences of Cocaine?

 

The more often someone uses cocaine the more his or her brain will adapt to it. In turn, they will need stronger doses in order to feel the same high. This can lead to a dangerous addiction and/or overdose. Likewise, this can cause more serious long-term side effects including:

 

  • Headaches

  • Convulsions 

  • Seizures

  • Heart disease

  • Heart attack

  • Stroke

  • Mood problems

  • Sexual trouble

  • Lung damage

  • HIV 

 

If you or a loved one is believed to be suffering from cocaine abuse or other addictions, please reach out to Sobriety Now for a consultation:  267-704 -9669
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Sources:

  1. WebMD (What is Cocaine?)

  2. National Institute of Drug Abuse (Cocaine)