Cocaine Destroys Lives

Cocaine is a powerful drug, also referred to as coke, blow, powder, snow and sneeze. Here are some facts about cocaine abuse:

  • Cocaine damages the brain. Cocaine is made from the coca plant and comes in powder and crystal form (crack). Although the drug provides a quick high, it is short-lived and immediately followed by feelings of sadness, irritability and intense cravings for more cocaine.
  • Cocaine harms the body. When high on cocaine, people typically take poor care of themselves, sacrificing food and sleep to use more drugs. Some of the short-term side effects of cocaine abuse include increased heart rate, convulsions and muscle spasms.
  • Cocaine abuse puts people on an emotional roller coaster. In addition to feelings of euphoria, cocaine use comes with paranoia, anger, hostility, anxiety and other difficult emotions.
  • Cocaine is addictive. Cocaine damages areas of the brain associated with feelings of pleasure, building a tolerance for the drug. Soon, the user needs more cocaine just to feel normal, forsaking their career, finances, relationships and responsibilities to use drugs.
  • Cocaine use can be deadly. In some cases, cocaine abuse can cause heart attacks, stroke and seizures. Those who share needles are at increased risk of contracting infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.

Signs of Cocaine Abuse

Denial prevents cocaine addicts from getting the help they need. That's why it's important for family, friends and co-workers to know the signs of cocaine abuse and stage an intervention when needed. Some of the symptoms of cocaine abuse include:

  • Runny nose
  • Change in eating, sleeping or hygiene patterns
  • Change in peer group or academic performance
  • Acting depressed, withdrawn or careless
  • Losing interest in activities once enjoyed
  • Bloodshot eyes

Cocaine is a dangerous drug, and mixing cocaine with alcohol and other drugs is even more dangerous. If you know someone who is using cocaine, step in and offer to help. There are a number of drug rehab centers that save lives.

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