Cocaine is a drug (paste) extracted from the leaves of the South American coca plant. It is a strong stimulate that effects the body’s central nervous system. Cocaine is a potent and dangerous. The short-term and long-term effects of cocaine are equally dangerous. The dangers of experiencing cardiac arrest or seizures followed by respiratory failure is equal in both short and long term abuse.
The long-term effects of using cocaine can include extreme agitation, violent mood swings and depression. Prolonged use of snorting cocaine cause ulcerations in the mucous membrane of the nose and holes and in the barrier separating the nostrils. It can also result in a loss of appetite, extreme insomnia and sexual problems. Heart disease, heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, and gastrointestinal problems are not uncommon among long-term users of cocaine and crack. Other effects include insomnia, loss of appetite, blurred vision, vomiting, high anxiety, irritability, constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, nasal infections, nose bleeds, rapid breathing, sweating, violent behavior, twitching, hallucinations and chest pains.
Is Cocaine Addictive?
Cocaine is highly addictive, leaving users with an overwhelming craving for the drug. Smoking and/or injecting cocaine is extremely dangerous. Since the drug reaches the brain so quickly, the liver has no time to process it and the chemicals that protect the body and brain from poisonous substances don’t get a chance to work. The high that results is very powerful and addictive.Snorting cocaine isn’t safe either. Many people need more of the drug each time they snort it to achieve the high they’re used to but don’t realize they’re addicted. Others become more sensitive to its effects over time, putting them at risk for life-threatening seizures and other problems.
Is Coke Really That Dangerous?
Yes! Cocaine can kill you, especially if you overdose.
Cocaine-related deaths are often caused by respiratory failure, heart attacks, abnormal heart rhythms, gangrene of the intestine, ruptured blood vessels and/or high body temperature. It’s the source of lots of nasty chronic health issues, too, including heart problems, strokes, seizures, headaches, tremors, abdominal pain and nausea.
Frequent users of cocaine often experience agitation, depression and/or insomnia. They may become increasingly paranoid, restless and irritable. For some, these symptoms evolve into a mental illness that involves hallucinations and psychosis.
Warning signs of teen cocaine abuse
Because of the dangers inherent in using cocaine, it is important to be on the look out for teen drug use of cocaine. There are some specific warning signs that emerge due to teen cocaine abuse. Here are some of the more common signs of teen cocaine abuse:
- Bloodshot eyes.
- Frequent sniffing or runny nose (coming when one is snorting).
- Dramatic shift in sleeping habits • especially staying up all night.
- Change in group of friends.
- Shift in weight, especially dramatic weight loss.
- Loss of appetite.
- Lack of motivation.
- Loses interest in activities that used he or she used to enjoy.
- Frequent and dramatic mood swings.
- Presence of drug paraphernalia.
- Declining performance at school and work.
- Signs of depression.
- Stops taking care of personal appearance and hygiene needs.
- Always asking for money (or even stealing it) • usually in order to support the habit.
If you know someone, especially a teenager, who is exhibiting a majority of these warning signs, it might be a good idea to seek help for him or here. There are residential treatment centers that can help teenagers manage their addictions and slowly overcome the cocaine habit. A supportive environment and doable plan, whether it is carried out locally or at a facility, are important in overcoming cocaine addiction.