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Cocaine abuse is widespread.
Following marijuana, cocaine is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, and cocaine addiction affects millions of Americans. An estimated one-in-four Americans between the age of 26 and 34 have used cocaine at least once in their lifetime, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. While some are lucky by not getting hooked, many do. The drug is designed to get users addicted.
So many people use cocaine that the drug has become known by a variety of street names: Blow, Coke, Dream, Snow, Peruvian lady, Powder and Yeyo (Spanish slang).
There are four primary methods of ingesting cocaine:
- Snorting: cocaine is absorbed through the mucous membranes of the nose.
- Injecting: cocaine powder is mixed with water and injected into the body through a syringe.
- Freebasing: cocaine is smoked. Sometimes users mix the cocaine powder with marijuana.
- Crack cocaine: Cocaine hydrochloride is mixed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and other ingredients, causing it to solidify in rock form. Those rocks are then smoked in glass pipes.
Cocaine addiction has serious consequences.
The short and long-term effects can be devastating for full-blown cocaine addicts. These effects include:
- Auditory hallucinations
- Increased blood pressure
- Constricted blood vessels
- Mood disturbances
- Heart attack or stroke
Cocaine is highly addictive.
Up to 75% of those who try cocaine will become addicted, according to the Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Only one-in-four who try to quit will be able to do so without help.
Cocaine addiction is surprisingly widespread:
- One-in-ten workers know someone who uses cocaine on the job, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
- FBI chemists have discovered that traces of cocaine can be found on almost every dollar bill in circulation.
- The University of Michigan’s “Monitoring the Future” survey has found that nearly 10% of high school seniors have used cocaine at least once in their lifetime.
- The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found there were more than 900,000 new cocaine users in 2007. Each day, 5000 more people experiment with cocaine.
Cocaine and alcohol make a dangerous mix.
Cocaine addicts will frequently abuse alcohol while using cocaine, and this can be a deadly combination. Researchers have found that the human liver combines cocaine and alcohol to produce a third substance, cocaethylene, that intensifies cocaine’s euphoric effects. That might sound great to someone looking for a better high, but the cocaine-alcohol combination significantly increases the risk of a fatal sudden-death overdose.
Cocaine use effects pregnancy.
Childbirth should be a joyous occasion, but when an expectant mother uses cocaine, her baby’s arrival into this world can turn tragic. Exposed babies are at increased risk of being born prematurely and with low birthweight, which in turn increases the risk of lasting disabilities such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy and smaller heads, which generally indicates a smaller brain; as the child grows, they may face a lifetime of learning problems.
Remember, cocaine addiction is harmful to the user, his or her spouse, and as you can see, the infants who suffer irreparable harm by being fed cocaine in the womb. Don’t let cocaine addiction destroy your life any longer. There is help, and it does work. Call American Addiction Centers today at 877-417-6237.
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