cocaineCocaine has a nefarious history dating all the way back to the 1500’s when natives of South America combated fatigue by chewing on coca leaves. From there, extracts from coca leaves were used in medical procedures as anesthetics, and was used by psychotherapists in treating addictions, but unfortunately, many of the patients then became addicted to it.

Surprisingly, it was also one of the ingredients in Coca-Cola until it was removed in 1906. The drug was finally made illegal in 1914, but it has become one of the most abused illegal drugs on the streets today, especially after crack was introduced.

Dangerous Effects

It can deliver euphoric effects in a variety of ways. Some users prefer to snort or inject the drug while others prefer to smoke the freebase form known as crack. Either method will deliver desired effects such as:

  • Euphoria
  • Sense of excitement
  • Feelings of increased strength and energy
  • Sensitivity to sight, sound and touch

Depending on the method of consumption, these effects can vary in intensity and duration. If snorted, the effects take longer to appear, but can last from 15 to 30 minutes. If smoked, the effects are more immediate, but don’t last as long. Some of the unpleasant effects can include physical, behavioral and neurological problems such as:

  • Headache, dizziness, and sleeplessness
  • Nosebleeds, decreased sense of smell, runny nose
  • Poor appetite, weight changes, fatigue
  • Hallucinations, depression, poor motor skills
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, paranoia

Addiction Can Ruin Your Life

As with many other street drugs, prolonged abuse or overdose can result in life-threatening episodes of high blood pressure, respiratory distress and increased heart rate. Addiction has the potential to ruin your life, but fortunately, there is help. Professional addiction treatment centers have successfully rehabilitated thousands of addicts. Call Best Drug Rehabilitation to learn how we can help you.

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