Cocaine Addiction


Cocaine is an addictive stimulant made from leaves of the coco plant from South America. On the streets the drug appears as a fine white crystal powder. It is often mixed with other drugs such as amphetamine. Cocaine is snorted through the nose, rubbed on gums or injected. It can be mixed with heroin to create a “speedball.” Cocaine can be processed into a rock crystal called “crack” and smoked.

Alternative names for Cocaine:

  • Coke
  • Blow
  • Crack
  • Rock Snow
  • Symptoms of Cocaine addiction:

    • Constricted blood vessels
    • Dilated pupils
    • Nausea
    • Increased body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate
    • Restlessness
    • loss of smell or nosebleeds
    • malnourishment
    • paranoia and hallucinations

    Statistics

    In 2014, there were an estimated 1.5 million current (past-month) cocaine users aged 12 or older. Adults aged 18 to 25 years have a higher rate of current cocaine use than any other age group, with 1.4 percent of young adults reporting past-month cocaine use. According to the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. is the world’s leading consumer of cocaine, buying over $28 billion of the drug per year.

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