What is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a powerful illegal stimulant drug often abused in powder, or rock form. Some common slang names used for powder cocaine are Coke, Blow, Dust, Line, Rail, Snow, Powder, Big C, Stash, and pearl. Similarly rock cocaine has several slang names as well such as ball, rocks, hail, dice, and sleet. People use cocaine in various ways. It can be absorbed through the gums, snorted, injected, smoked in rock form, and even swallowed. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “ There are an estimated 1.5 million current cocaine users aged 12 or older (0.6 percent of the population)”. Cocaine is a widely used drug throughout the United States, and is used by a diverse group of people varying in age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Cocaine has also been responsible for a large number of overdoses throughout the United States. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that, “Data from Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) report showed that cocaine was involved in 505,224 of the nearly 1.3 million visits to emergency departments for drug misuse or abuse.” Thus equating to almost 50% of the drug use reported by emergency departments. The reported evidence suggests that not only the prevalence of use within the population as being a problem, but also the dangerousness of the product being sold on the streets.
Cocaine Use: The Short-Term and Long-Term Effects
Being under the influence of cocaine may initially feel energizing and euphoric to the user, but quickly becomes addicting with many negative side effects. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports, “Short term side effects include, irritability, paranoia, constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, nausea, raised body temperature, tremors, muscle spasms, and restlessness. Cocaine intoxication leads to a multitude of mental and physical effects. Furthermore, cocaine intoxication can lead to overdose anytime a person decides to consume it. Depending on the method of cocaine use, several long term effects have been reported. The National Institute of Drug Abuse Reports, reports that “ Snorting can lead to loss of sense of smell, nosebleeds, frequent runny nose, and problems with swallowing. Consuming by mouth may result in severe bowel decay from reduced blood flow.Lastly, that users who administer with needs are at: higher risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis C, and other bloodborne diseases” Therefore, regardless of the method of use the long term implications to your body are detrimental, and should be avoided by all costs.
What are Opioids?
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