Snorted, smoked or injected, cocaine is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream. Acute tolerance develops quickly. This along with the drug’s strong reinforcement properties, makes it highly addictive.
Signs of Intoxication: In low doses: feelings of well being and elation soon followed by anxiety depression and paranoia. In High doses: rapid respiration, incoordination, anxiety and paranoia. Onset of tremors, nausea, convulsive seizures.
Withdrawal symptoms: Sleep and eating disorders, depression, anxiety, craving for the drug, impulsive and compulsive behavior, malnutrition.
EFFECTS OF CHRONIC ABUSE
- Mind & Behavior: Delusions, sleep deprivation, depression, anxiety disorders, paranoia, violent behavior, alert perceptions of reality which can lead to aggressive or homicidal behavior; violent psychotic disorders which could last days or weeks after the drug has been stopped.
- Central Nervous System: Directly stimulated.
- Heart & Blood: Rapid or irregular heartbeat, hypertension, constricted blood vessels and arteries. In large doses: ruptured blood vessels: may cause death due to heart attack or cardiac failure.
- Brain: Constricted blood vessels and decrease blood flow to some brain areas can lead to tissue damage, stroke, hemorrhage, and permanent brain damage.
- Nose: Injury to the nasal passages from snorting.
- Lungs: Lung abnormalities and edema (excess watery fluid). Respiratory depression which can cause death.
- Liver: Danger of liver failure, high incidence of hepatitis in intravenous users due to unsterile/shared needles.
- Kidneys: Damage, failure.
- Gastrointestinal System: Abnormal difficulties which may require surgery; damage tract.
- Bones & Muscles: Rhabdomyolysis (potentially fatal disease destroying skeletal muscle).
- Sexual Organs: Sexual dysfunction is common in heavy users.
- Fetus: Risk of disease transmitted by unsterile or shared needles (hepatitis AIDS); risk of chronic heart and connective tissue diseases; risk of severe weight loss and malnutrition due to decrease appetite.
” CRACK ” or ” ROCK ”