Effects Of Cocaine And Its Effects On America

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Devastating Effects of Cocaine To understand the devastating effects of cocaine one needs to understand its history and how it became one of the most potent drugs in today’s society. Cocaine is extracted from the coca leaves and is one of the oldest and natural stimulants. Ancient Incas and native Peruvians chewed cocas leaves for religious ceremonies and to counter the effects of living in thin mountain air and air sickness prevention. To this day Peruvian markets sell coca products, from teas, soft drinks, cocktails and candy; its use is accepted and is an integral part of their culture and way of life. So the question one must ask is when did this natural product become a notorious drug that is abused by many? The first recorded abuse of coca leaves can be blamed on the Spaniards, when the conquistadors used it to exploit Indian mine workers, giving mine workers coca leaves as a way to exploit and control them. The working environment was so extremely harsh, the Spaniards quickly realized that maintaining workers in a dazed stupor was the only way to keep a workforce that was semi-productive. However the actual development of cocaine came much later, “In 1859 when cocaine was extracted from their natural leaves and developed into cocaine by German chemist Albert Niemann” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2014) and it was not until the 1880s that the medical community began to use this magical substance as a pain killer. In 1884, Austrian psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud published
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