Cocaine : Drugs And Drugs

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Cocaine is a stimulant that is originally derived from coca leaves. This drug is highly addictive and is a relatively old drug, considered to be one of the oldest known psychoactive substances. Other names for the drug include “coke”, “C”, “snow”, “flake”, and “blow”. Cocaine was a popular and widely used drug in the 1980s and 1990s, but is still around today. In the early 1900s, before it was discovered to be an addictive drug, purified cocaine was a main active ingredient in medicines that treated different illnesses. Cocaine is a fine, white powdery substance that is generally administered by inhalation through the nose, but can also be dissolved in water to be injected into the bloodstream. Cocaine can also be processed into a rock crystal known as the drug “crack”, which can then be heated up and administered by smoking. Cocaine users take the drug to achieve a “high” and sense of euphoria described as an increased sense of energy and alertness, extremely elevated mood, and a feeling of supremacy. While this might sound appealing to users or to anyone who may want to try it, the use of cocaine has a wide variety of negative physiological and psychological effects on a person. Physically, the use of cocaine can cause the constriction of blood vessels, dilation of pupils, increase in body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure, headaches, gastrointestinal problems including pain in the abdomen and nausea, and a decrease in appetite. Sudden death is not uncommon for…
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