Cocaine

Cocaine is an addictive substance, which comes from coca leaves or is made synthetically.  This drug acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system.  

Cocaine appears as a white powder substance which is inhaled, injected, freebased (smoke), or applied directly to the nasal membrane or gums.  Cocaine gives the user a tremendous “rush.”  These chemicals trick the brain into feeling it has experienced pleasure.  

Slang terms for cocaine include: Coke, crack, dust, snow, blow, flakes, bloke, and dream.  

Physiological effects include: increased heart rate and breathing; increased blood pressure; nausea; weight loss; tremors; insomnia; rapid breathing; twitching; fever; pallor; dilated pupils; cold sweats; fatigue; constipation; headaches; blurred vision; seizures; nasal congestion.  

Personality effects include: lying; stealing; superior attitude; less ambition; argumentativeness/short temper; job problems; denial of responsibility; depression; confusion; increased number of accidents; hallucinations; anxiety; paranoia; poor concentration; loss of interest in sex; flattened and dulled emotions.  

Health problems include: ulceration of the nasal membrane; cardiac arrest; respiratory arrest; physiological seizures; lung damage.  

The effects of cocaine occur within the first few minutes, peak in 15 to 20 minutes and disappear in about one hour.  The immediate effects are what make cocaine so addicting.  The user is willing to endure the lows in order to experience the highs.  

Cocaine is highly addictive.  Every use of the drug makes the addiction stronger.  This addiction can begin almost immediately following the first use.  The addiction to cocaine is very strong; therefore, withdrawal symptoms are likely to occur when a person is not using the drug.  

Withdrawal symptoms include: extreme irritability; sluggishness; nausea; disorganized thinking.  Although these symptoms may cause discomfort for a brief period of time, the benefits for a person who stops using the drug greatly outweigh an addiction to cocaine.  

Pregnant and using cocaine?  You risk: increased incidence of miscarriage; increased incidence of premature labor; fetal addiction/withdrawal after birth; prenatal strokes due to fluctuations in blood pressure; kidney and respiratory ailments; Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; in males, cocaine may attach to the sperm causing damage to the cells of the fetus.  

If you suspect that you have a problem with cocaine or other drugs, please contact your local hospital or in CT call Infoline at 211 for a referral.

Call MAWSAC at 203-294-3591 for more information or assistance.