Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that comes from the coca plant
of South and Central America. Physically cocaine is a fine white powder
whose intent is to be absorbed into mucous tissues of the body. Cocaine
can be snorted, smoked, orally ingested and injected. Chemically it
passes through the brain and builds up high levels of dopamine which
imitate nerve cells and elicit euphoria.
Cocaine is not a recreational drug. Once users begin
to use cocaine, they have an enormous potential of becoming addicted.
Few people have the will power to withhold cocaine use, once they begin
experimenting with the dangerous drug. When cocaine is cooked with
baking soda, it produces the freebased form also know as rock/cocaine
or crack/cocaine. It is a hard rocklike substance that is smoked out
of glass pipes at high temperatures. The resulting fumes are inhaled
by the smoker. Crack is one of the most addicting drugs today. It destroys
families, futures, and finances. Tolerance and increased usage are
Cocaine's short term effects include restlessness,
euphoria, increased pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, and a
decreased appetite. Large doses of cocaine provide paranoid feelings,
dizziness, Hallucinations and extreme anxiety are other negative effects.
Once a person stops using cocaine, he or she may experience severe
depression and sleep disorders. This is when the desire to use cocaine
again comes into action.
During addictive episodes, a person will violate their
ethical and moral codes and perform uncharacteristic actions as a means
to continue their drug use. Lying and manipulation is not an uncommon
thing in addictive episodes, in addition to stealing from loved ones.
As the addiction continues, cocaine addicts eventually violate laws
and wind up in jail or prison.
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