Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is classified as a stimulant and is derived from the dried leaves of the coca plant. It used in a variety of forms:

  • • Inhaled (snorted)
  • • Injected
  • • Smoked (crack, freebase)

The intensity and duration of the “high” experienced from the use of cocaine is impacted upon the way in which it is administered. As a means by which to extend or “chase” the desired effect, a user will often take the drug repeatedly over a short period of time, with increasingly higher dosage levels. This practice and the use of the drug over time may lead to a variety of legal, social/interpersonal, financial, and medical/physical consequences including the following:

  • • Engaging in criminal activity to support habit/addiction
  • • Incarceration
  • • Loss of personal relationships
  • • Loss of employment
  • • Poverty
  • • Paranoia
  • • Malnutrition
  • • Cardiac arrest and stroke
  • • Sexually transmitted disease due to associated promiscuous behavior

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