Cocaine And Its Effects On Society

1548 WordsNov 20, 20157 Pages
Cocaine is one of the oldest, most powerful and most dangerous stimulants in the world. This powerfully addictive drug effects over 35 million people In the United States. Cocaine addiction prevents a person from being a productive member in our society. It also increases the cost for law enforcement and treatment facilities. It rapidly decreases the workplace, increases the homeless rate and needless deaths on a daily basis. Over three thousand years before the Jesus Christ was born, ancient Incas in the Andes chewed coca leaves to get their hearts going so it would speed up their breathing to counter the effects of living in the mountains thin air. Cocaine was first taken out of coca leaves in 1859 by a German chemist known as Albert Niemann. In the 1880s is when it started to be popular in the medical community. An Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, promoted the drug as a tonic to cure depression and sexual impotence, as he used himself. Freud prescribed to close friends and loved ones even though the drug made one suffer over paranoid hallucinations and one even dying because of high of the dosage was prescribed to him. As the following years approached cocaine became very popular in the film industry, pro-cocaine coming out of Hollywood caught the attention of millions. Cocaine in society rapidly increased and the dangers of the drug gradually became more evident as the drug was used. In 1905 it was very common to snort cocaine and within five
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