What is Cocaine?

Cocaine is a strong drug mostly used as a recreational purposes. It is mostly snorted, inhaled, or injected into the veins. Other names for this drug are Crack, Nose Candy, Coke, Snow, Crystal and so on. Almost 35.9 million Americans age 12 and older have tried cocaine at least once in their lifetime, according to a national survey, and about 2.1 million Americans are regular users

Some short time effects are extreme happiness and energy, mental alertness and hypersensitivity to sight, sound, and touch.Many health effects from cocaine are constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils and faster heartbeat with abnormal heart rate. Some long term effects are nosebleeds, restlessness and higher risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood born diseases.

Many people in articles say they have known someone who has done cocaine and either became an addict with bad health or overdosed and died. But, I don’t know anyone who has done cocaine but I've seen stories on the internet of people dying due to cocaine overdose and it is scary how when you’re high on a drug you can’t choose what you do and the drug takes over the brain and body.

Inside the brain, cocaine interferes with the chemical messengers and neurotransmitters that nerves use to communicate with each other. Cocaine can make blood vessels smaller in the brain, causing strokes. This can happen with young people without other risk factors for strokes. Cocaine causes seizures and can lead to bizarre or violent behavior. Cocaine can block norepinephrine, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters from being re-absorbed. Then the chemical buildup between nerves causes a "high" feeling.

Many people think that you have to be addicted to it do have harmful things happen to your body but that's not true. People can DIE within their first use of cocaine once it travels through your body. And over 22,000 people die each year due to the drug cocaine and in 2005 over 448,000 people were rushed to the hospital with the drug in their body. The drug will travel through your body and when it reaches the heart it has a 25% chance of stopping it and you would die.

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