Cocaine Facts

  • Some users combine cocaine powder or crack with heroin in a "speedball."
  • In 1994, cocaine-related episodes comprised 28% of all emergency room drug-related episodes.
  • Cocaine users will lose interest in their family, sex, jobs, just about everything, except using more cocaine.
  • Cocaine is known to heighten alertness and inhibit appetite and the need for sleep.
Symptoms of Cocaine Use

A person can introduce cocaine into the body through these routes: · absorption through the skin after it is rubbed on mucous tissues · inhaled from smoking, which includes crack · injected into the vein, which is called mainlining · intranasally, which means snorting the cocaine through the nose · orally, which is called chewing

After it is introduced into the body, cocaine passes readily into the brain. In the brain, it causes a buildup of dopamine by blocking the normal recycling process. These high levels of dopamine continuously stimulate nerve cells, causing the euphoria, or high.

The effects of cocaine can be felt within seconds. Cocaine provides a dramatic high that lasts 3 to 5 minutes with crack cocaine. The high lasts for up to 30 to 60 minutes when cocaine is snorted or injected. Afterward, the user feels an intense craving for the drug.

Dependency can develop in less than 2 weeks. Some research indicates that a psychological dependency may develop after a single dose of high-potency cocaine. As the person develops a tolerance to cocaine, higher and higher doses are needed to produce the same level of euphoria.

  • anxiety
  • panic
  • tin foil
  • bloody nose
  • increased energy
  • talking rapidly
  • rapid pulse and respirations
  • paranoia
  • confusion
  • dilated pupils
  • hallucinations
  • altered motor activities (tremors, hyperactivity)
  • stuffiness and runny nose
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