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Know how cocaine can affect you


Cocaine or, as it is most commonly referred to as, Coke is stimulant type illicit drug that causes a variety effects that users describe as being a “high”. The drug is known under a variety of street names due to the inherent nature of it being an illicit drug. Some examples are: Blow, Big C, Dust, Line, Rail, Snow, and Powder.

The names given usually correlate to the distinct appearance of the drug, being that it appears as white powder. Most users snort the drug, while some may smoke or orally ingest it.


Signs & Symptoms

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Signs of cocaine abuse

As with most illicit drugs, Cocaine has users who will abuse the drug to get the “high” that cocaint provides. Users that abuse the drug can be identified through some behavioral signs that may differ from their everyday behaviors. Some examples are: feelings of superiority, lying about the drug use, financial issues like a sudden need for money, withdrawing from sober friends and loved ones, and increase in risky behaviors and bizarre/violent behaviors.

In the case of an overdose on cocaine, one may experience an elevated heart rate and a rise in body temperature. For those who may come across a user experiencing an overdose, you can expect them to be experiencing panicked feelings and anxiety, delirium, paranoia, nausea and vomiting, and chest pains. Call 911 for emergency medical help.

Effects on the Body

Users of cocaine use the drug to reach a “high”. The “high” is described as a euphoric and energetic state where you become hypersensitive to stimuli and achieve a state of mental alertness. In this state people will become talkative, hypersensitive to stimuli (sight, sound, and touch), and experience a decrease in the need for food and sleep.

Long-term effects on the body can vary from person to person depending on how heavy the dosages they take each time they use cocaine. Some can experience minor effects such as: anxiety, mood swings, increased energy and alertness, restlessness, and irritability. Others can experience some more major side effects such as: depression, hypertension, damage to nasal passages, constriction of blood vessels, vasoconstriction of blood vessels in the brain, loss of smell, chronic runny nose, irritability, and hallucinations.

The length of time the individual uses cocaine can last in the body can range from two days in the blood and saliva, to years in the hair. The effects of the drug can be felt within 5-10 seconds with smoking or intravenous use, 3-5 minutes when snorting the drug, and 10-30 minutes when ingested orally. 

Users that abuse the drug can be identified through some behavioral signs that may differ from their everyday behaviors.

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