- Up to 75% of people who try cocaine will become addicted to it. Only one out of four people who try to quit will be able to without help.
- Adults 18 to 25 years old have a higher rate of current cocaine use than those in any other age group.
- Cocaine is generally sold on the street as a hydrochloride salt - a fine, white crystalline powder known as coke, C, snow, flake, or blow.
- Cocaine is generally sold on the street as a fine, white, crystalline powder, known as "coke," "C," "snow," "flake," or "blow."
The symptoms of a cocaine overdose are intense and generally short in nature. Although fairly uncommon, people do die from cocaine overdose. The exact amount of cocaine that causes an overdose varies from person to person and is dependent on a variety of factors including weight, metabolism, health etc. Cocaine is often "cut" with various adulterants. This increases the risk of overdose, since the purity of cocaine is difficult to determine. An overdose from cocaine can cause a serious increase in blood pressure, which as a result, bleeding in the brain occurs leading to a higher possibility of a stroke. A cocaine overdose can cause heart and respirator problems resulting in death.
Symptoms of cocaine overdose may include some or all of the following:
- Dangerous or fatal rise in body temperature
- Heart attack
- Brain hemorrhage
- Kidney failure
- Repeated convulsions