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How Cocaine Affects the Body
Today, in a classroom of 25 students, the odds are that three of them will be drug users.
Youth are more likely to abuse prescription stimulants than they are to abuse cocaine or amphetamines.
A majority of teens between the ages of 15 and 17 have been to a party in the last six months where Cocaine was available. Even first-time crack or cocaine users can have seizures or heart attacks, which can kill them. Even one hit of crack or cocaine can kill you because it can cause heart attacks, strokes, or breathing problems. Crack and cocaine use is also linked to car crashes, falls, burns, drowning, and suicide. They are stimulants that tend to give a temporary illusion of limitless power and energy that leaves the user feeling depressed, edgy, and craving more. Crack and cocaine are both very addictive. This addiction can ruin your physical and mental health and can become so strong that these drugs dominate all aspects of your life.
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The word “cocaine” refers to the drug in both a powder (cocaine) and crystal (crack) form. It is made from the coca plant and causes a short-lived high that is immediately followed by opposite, intense feelings of depression, edginess, and a craving for more of the drug. Cocaine may be snorted as a powder, converted to a liquid form for injection with a needle, or processed into a crystal form to be smoked.
Know the law. Cocaine in any form is illegal.
Stay informed. Even first-time cocaine users can have seizures or fatal heart attacks.
Know the risks. Combining cocaine with other drugs or alcohol is extremely dangerous. The effects of one drug can magnify the effects of another, and mixing substances can be deadly.
Be aware. Cocaine is expensive. Regular users can spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on cocaine each week and some will do anything to support their addiction.
Stay in control. Cocaine impairs your judgment which may lead to unwise decisions around sexual activity. This can increase your risk for HIV/AIDS and other diseases, as well as rape and unplanned pregnancy.
Look around you. The vast majority of teens aren’t using cocaine. According to a 1998 study, less than 1 percent of teens are regular cocaine users. In fact, 98 percent of teens have never even tried cocaine.
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