Up to 75% of people who try cocaine will become addicted to it. Only one out of four people who try to quit will be able to without help. Each day 5,000 more people will experiment with cocaine. 1 in 10 workers say they know someone who uses cocaine on the job. Single adults 18 to 25 years old have a higher rate of current cocaine use than those in any other age group; with male users outnumbering female users two to one.
Use of cocaine causes blood vessels to constrict, leading to an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and heart attacks are common. Cocaine can lead to irregular heartbeat, lung disease and irreversible brain damage. Users can experience depression, insomnia, paranoia, restlessness, and crying spells. Addicts have had cravings for the drug for a month or more.
Users who chose to snort the drug, often develop nasal congestion and damage the mucous membrane of the nose and have bleeding cartilage. While there are fewer serious withdrawal symptoms, users who are denied the drug might get depressed, or experience insomnia. Cocaine users may also become violent.
What are some consequences of cocaine use? Because most users sniff cocaine through their noses, there are many nasal and sinus diseases that are coincident to cocaine abuse. Damage occurs to the mucous membrane on both sides of the cartilage that separates the nostrils. This results in perforation, crusty holes forming in the cartilage along with drying, nosebleeds and foul secretions. Anxiety, confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea and psychosis are symptomatic with long term cocaine use along with cold sweats, tremors, twitching and paranoia.
What Are The Effects of Cocaine? Cocaine’s high involves feelings of euphoria, heightened alertness and decreased desire for sleep and food. Some cocaine users feel hyper when they’re high, and others report feeling more powerful and/or aggressive. However, a great deal of people just feel anxious, angry, confused or hostile when using cocaine.
What Happens When Cocaine Is Combined With Other Drugs? Cocaine and other drugs do not mix well. In fact, mixing cocaine with other substances is more likely to make it fatal.
What is cocaine? Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca bush which grows in South America. Widespread use and cocaine side effects such as addiction led to government efforts against this drug in the early 1900s. The many dangerous cocaine side effects associated with this drug were ignored in the 1970s and early 1980s, and cocaine was proclaimed by many to be safe.