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Cocaine

Cocain is extracted from coca leaves and originally developed as a painkiller. It is a powdery substance that is usually mixed with corn starch, talcum powder, and/or sugar or other anesthetics like procaine or amphethamines. It can be sniffed, ingested, or rubbed into the gums and it’s absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues. According to NIDA, cocaine directly affects the brain and is therefore considered a powerfully addictive stimulant. “Crack” is the street name given to freebase cocaine.

 

SLANG:

Cocaine:

  • Blow
  • Coke
  • Flake
  • Snow

Crack:

  • Base
  • Kryptonite
  • Rocks

short term effects include*:

Cocaine:

  • Paranoia
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Intense euphoria
  • Convulsions/Seizures
  • Sleep disturbance

Crack:

  • Contracted blood vessels
  • Anxiety



    *These symptoms may differ among users

long term effects include*:

Cocaine:

  • Malnutrition
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Disorientation

Crack :

  • Severe depression
  • Respiratory failure
  • Severe chest pains


    *These symptoms may differ among users
 

FACTS:

  • Cocaine is highly addictive; it is one of the most dangerous drugs because it only take one use to become addicted.
  • There is no safe way of ingesting cocaine.
  • Cocaine is one of the most addictive drugs in the world. You can experience severe withdrawal symptoms after stopping for the first time after consistent use.
  • Crack is actually the processed form of cocaine. Through processing, cocaine becomes a rock crystal that people can smoke.
  • Feelings of power and increased energy are fleeting and followed by an inability to function (physically, emotionally, and sexually)