Cocaine

drugs awarenessAppearance:
White powder

Slang names:
Basuco, coke, charlie, white, sniff, snow, C, stone, rock, freebase

Main effects: 
Makes users feel on top of the world, alert and awake Cocaine makes your heart beat faster, increases your blood pressure and body temperature and reduces your appetite.  Users generally get a “comedown” after taking cocaine and can experience a sense of worthlessness, sadness and generally feeling fed up.

Dangers: 
Because using cocaine can make you feel super confident you can sometimes take greater risks which increase your chances of having an accident. If mixed with alcohol it produces a new substance called cocaethylene, a highly toxic drug which builds up in the liver.  If you snort cocaine over a period of time it can cause damage to the cartilage and mucosa in the nose – some people are known to have lost the cartilage in their nose through cocaine abuse.  Frequent users can build up a tolerance and so crave larger quantities to achieve the desired effect.

Class: Class A

Type: Stimulant

Drug Cocktails

Due to increased availability cocaine is often taken with other drugs, this cocktail can produce other drugs within the body and often the user has no idea what effect it will have on them. Some of the more common drug cocktails include:

Cocaine and Alcohol
This produces a new drug in the body called cocaethelyne which has the same desired effect as cocaine, giving the user a sense of euphoria but can often last longer than just cocaine. Cocaethelyne is actually a poisonous substance which can affect the heart and increase the risk of heart failure.

Cocaine and Heroin – aka Speedball
These two drugs boost each others effects, giving a very intense high but also a massive comedown. The effect of the cocaine wears off quicker than that of the heroin, so users then have a comedown from the heroin and overdose because they have not recognised the amount they have administered until it is too late. Speedballing is responsible for many deaths including John Belushi, River Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Kris Kross

Cocaine and Ketamine – aka CK
Produces feelings of euphoria and out of body experiences

Cocaine and Ecstasy – aka Dynamine
This boots the effect of the ecstasy

Cocaine and Amphetamine 
This heightens the euphoric effect of each drug

 

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Point to note:

Mixing two stimulants can be very dangerous as the effects of both can kick in very quickly and it makes the users heart beat very fast which can cause a heart attack

 

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