Cocaine is a stimulant derived from the South American coca plant. For the user, cocaine can result in euphoria, increased energy, talkativeness; additionally, cocaine can raise heart rate and blood pressure to dangerous levels. In its pure form, cocaine is typically snorted—with highs lasting from 15 to 30 minutes, or injected—with highs lasting from 5 to 10 minutes. Due to its short-term effects, cocaine is often used repeatedly over extended periods of time. Additionally, repeated cocaine use leads to tolerance, requiring increasingly higher dosage to obtain the same effect. The high likelyhood of binging behavior, combined with ever increasing dosage, leaves users vulnerable to overdose.
Cocaine-related deaths are often a result of the heart stopping (cardiac arrest) followed by an arrest of breathing.
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug; in many cases users become addicted very quickly. Cocaine addicts may eventually choose the drug over other aspects of their life including friends and family. Often times a person who is addicted to cocaine will alter their lifestyle and personality as they become more addicted.
In some instances the effects of cocaine addiction are so extreme that the mothers have sold children, professionals have spent life savings on binges costing upward of $50,000, young women and men have turned to prostitution. Some addicts lose their jobs, others their families, some become bankrupt, and for some, their addiction can prove to be fatal.
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