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Cocaine is a very addictive stimulant drug. Stimulants make people feel more alert and energetic. Cocaine can also make people feel "high." Crack is cocaine in a form that can be smoked.
Cocaine comes from the leaves of the coca bush, which grows in the Andes Mountains in South America. Today, most of the world's coca is grown and made into cocaine in South America.
Cocaine can be:
White cocaine powder is sometimes "cut" (mixed) with things that look like it, or with other drugs. What may be added:
1. Kids can't die from snorting cocaine.
2. More people die from using ecstasy than from using cocaine.
3. When someone wants to smuggle cocaine, they sometimes swallow a balloon filled with cocaine to hide it.
4. It's easy to know what a dealer looks like. ?
1. False. Cocaine can kill, even when it's snorted. Even people who have used cocaine once have died from it.
2. False. More people die from using cocaine.
3. True. This is called bodypacking. If the balloon bursts, the person can die of an overdose. If caught, the person will be arrested.
4. False. Dealers don't always look like bad guys in the movies or on TV. They can look just like people you see on the street or at school.
For at least 4,500 years, people in Peru and Bolivia have chewed coca leaves to make them feel less hungry and tired, when working hard without too much food at high altitudes.
In the 1880s, psychiatrist Sigmund Freud wrote scientific papers that praised cocaine as a treatment for many ailments, including depression, and alcohol and opioid addiction. ?After this, cocaine became widely and legally available in patent medicines and soft drinks.
Pure cocaine was first isolated from the leaves of the coca bush in 1860.
Yes, cocaine is a very addictive drug.
Not everyone who uses cocaine becomes addicted. But if you do, it can be one of the hardest drugs to quit. It is also hard to stay off cocaine if you do quit, because the memory of the "high" feeling is so powerful.
People who become addicted to cocaine feel a strong need for the drug, even when they know it causes them problems. Getting and taking cocaine can become the most important thing in their lives.
Crack is the most addictive form of cocaine. But any form of cocaine can lead to addiction. It partly depends on how much you use, and how often you use it.
When you use cocaine, you just don't know what you're getting. There are a lot of substances that look like a white powder and testing kits are not accurate, so there is no way to know exactly what other substances are mixed in.
Powder cocaine can be changed into crystals called "free base" or "crack." These crystals can be smoked in a pipe or in cigarettes mixed with tobacco.
The chemicals used in making crack can catch fire easily, which adds to the danger.
If you mix alcohol or other drugs, it makes an overdose more likely.
When you use cocaine, you just don't know what you're getting. ?There are a lot of substances that look like white powder and testing kits are not accurate, so there is no way to know exactly what other substances are mixed in. ?Powder cocaine can be changed into crystals called "free base" or "crack." ?These crystals can be smoked in a pipe or mixed with tobacco in cigarettes.
How cocaine makes you feel depends on how much you use, how often you use and what form you use. It also depends on whether you have taken any alcohol or other drugs. Cocaine can make you feel:
People who use cocaine regularly may get used to its effects. This means they need to take more and more of the drug to feel the same way. They may also become more sensitive to negative effects such as anxiety, psychosis (losing contact with reality) and seizures.
When the cocaine high fades, people can have a big low (a "crash"). They may feel anxious, depressed, tired, hungry or even suicidal.
People may also crave more of the drug, and take more cocaine to come out of the crash. Some people stay high by using cocaine for hours or days ("bingeing").
Bingeing to stay high leads quickly to addiction.
Not long. Cocaine acts quickly, but the effects don't last long.
The faster the cocaine gets to the brain the more addictive it is.
Users often combine with other drugs, especially alcohol and marijuana. Sometimes cocaine and heroin are injected together. This is called a "speedball."
Yes! Cocaine can be very dangerous, even if you use it just once.
Snorting cocaine can really mess up your nose. In fact, it can cause so much damage to the mucus membrane inside your nose that you could have a runny nose most of the time—or even worse, a hole in the middle of your nose! If this happened, you could need surgery.
For at least 4,500 years, people in Peru and Bolivia have chewed coca leaves to make them feel less hungry and tired, when working hard without much food at high altitudes.
These are the signs of cocaine overdose:
Send for emergency medical help. Call 911 right away. This could be a life-or-death situation!
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