Cocaine Information

The most recent statistic over cocaine abuse shows that 15 percent of Americans have used
cocaine at least once, and 6 percent of Americans have tried cocaine by their senior year. This
highly addictive drug has caused devastating effects on the country. Law enforcement and
health care professionals deal with problems everyday caused by cocaine, especially since
most emergency room visits are cocaine related. Law enforcement agencies have improved every year at cracking down on cocaine being smuggled into the United States, but this drug still poses a major threat. The more cocaine the law confiscates, the less threat the drug put on our society. About 90% of all cocaine comes from Columbia, and then makes its way to central Mexico where it is then smuggled into the United States.

Cocaine

There have been genetic studies that show hereditary influences on the psychoactive substances, cocaine fitting in that category. Genes do not play a role in the actual addiction phase, but other factors such as nutrition, chronic stress, and parenting. Cocaine has psychological effects, as well as a strong chemical influence on the human brain. Cocaine stimulates the body causing increased energy, mental alertness, decreased appetite, heart rate, increased blood pressure, and increased body temperature. Once a person’s high from doing cocaine is over, they feel drained, which causes a person craving more to feel the high again. This situation is where the vicious cycle begins to take place, and a person slowly becomes more dependent on cocaine.

Long term effects of cocaine dependency can have very long effects that can stay with the
addict the remainder of their life. It is important that a person know what the long term effects
of abusing cocaine are and then they may hinder them from using the drug.

•    Addiction can require a person to have medical and psychological problems, including;
•    Uncontrollable mood swings
•    Irritability, depression, and violent acts are
•    Paranoia
•    Restlessness, cocaine is a stimulant, and it is much stronger than coffee
•    High blood pressure can result in heart attacks
•    Auditory hallucinations

There are several ways a person can use cocaine, but regardless of the way the drug is administered it essentially does the same thing. People find ways to make the effect last longer, or affect them faster.

Smoking crack cocaine is a lot different than cocaine; the feeling kicks in faster and also ends faster. Cocaine used in its synthetic form takes longer for the body to react to it, but the effects can last hours.

Even if a person gets lucky and does not suffer that bad physically, the mental effects of cocaine can be quite painful. Attention span, memory impairments, and learning ability are all affected because cocaine restricts blood vessels blood flow is reduced. It is very hard for a person to give up cocaine. This drug stimulates the body by setting off the dopamine receptors in the brain. The dopamine receptor is responsible for making the body experience pleasure. When a person does not supply themselves with what their body is craving, they can feel miserable, and that is often the make or break point for a person that uses cocaine. Breaking the addiction for cocaine is one of the hardest habits for a person to stop.

Anytime someone takes cocaine with alcohol or any other drugs, its effects can become even
more dangerous. There are chemical complexities that are occurring in the body, and mixing
substances can be even more fatal than the original substance of abuse. Doctors do not even
know all of the dangers that can result from doing this, and it has been known to cause serious
problems in the life of an addict.

It is very important for the general public to do their research on this substance in order to
know what it really does to people. Addiction is never intended, but never under control. The
long term negatives outweigh the short term positives. The more educated people are about
cocaine, the less likely they are to use it. A drug dealer’s education is a lot different than a drug
education specialists would be. Drug dealers sugarcoat the effects and the negatives of cocaine
so they can sell their product.

Aside from what cocaine does to the body, and all the different ways to do cocaine, it still
destroys lives. Families are torn apart, and hurt by loved one using it Addiction can cause a
person to give up what they love most in life in terms of goals, then make cocaine their primary
objective. Getting high becomes the most important thing when it was once secondary, and
may have even been used to help a person with their goals.  This is a misinterpretation that leads many people to drug addiction. Drugs may give off the feeling that they are helping the situation, but they are simply just not.

References:
http://www.justice.gov/dea/concern/cocaine.html
http://www.nida.nih.gov/researchreports/cocaine/cocaine.html
http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drugs_concern/cocaine/cocaine.htm
http://www.drugabuse.gov/Infofacts/cocaine.html

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