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Cocaine, the “champagne” of drugs, has been popularly associated with life in the fast lane. It is a drug of illusion that makes people feel powerful in ways they’d like to be normally, but aren’t. Cocaine is also dangerous and addictive. Its quality is unpredictable, the cost of a cocaine habit turns many users into dealers, and all methods of using it can be lethal. Learn the facts about cocaine and its use.
Fact: All forms of the drug are highly addictive. Cocaine addiction can develop after only a few uses.
Fact: Cocaine, in all forms, has serious and dangerous effects on both the body and the mind.
Fact: It can cause tremors and convulsions, infection, heart attack, stroke, psychosis, and death.
Fact: Cocaine can seriously harm your body and your athletic performance. It can also cost you your job.
Fact: Cocaine use can lead to impotence and other problems with sex. Over time, it can make you lose interest in sex.
Fact: Even a few uses can result in addiction, trouble with the law, or serious medical problems—even death.
Cocaine is a white powder processed from the leaves of the South American coca plant. Suppliers mix it with other, similar-looking powders, so the user can’t be sure what he or she is buying. These unidentified powders dilute and contaminate the drug and make it more unpredictable than it already is. They also can have dangerous side effects and may themselves be fatal.
Crack, the smokable form of cocaine, is made by heating a solution of powder cocaine, baking soda, and water. The flakes or “rocks” that remain after the cooking process can be transparent, beige, or dirty white. Like powder cocaine, crack contains impurities that increase its health risks and make it difficult for users to determine how much of the drug they’re really ingesting.