- In 1994, cocaine-related episodes comprised 28% of all emergency room drug-related episodes.
- Cocaine is prepared from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which grows primarily in Peru and Bolivia.
- 90% of cocaine users smoked, drank, or used marijuana before trying cocaine.
- Cocaine users will lose interest in their family, sex, jobs, just about everything, except using more cocaine.
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