Back in September we took a look at the different ways opiates can harm the body. Today we’re continuing the education series and reviewing what cocaine is and the dangers it’s use brings.
Cocaine is considered a very powerful stimulant and addictive substance, which is derived and processed from the leaves of the coca plant. These plants are widely being grown in South America and Mexico. However, coca plants are not just being used to produce Cocaine and they are also being used to produce a variety of caffeinated products including coffee.
Cocaine is one of the most addictive substances available, and can be snorted, inhaled, or even injected if made into a solution. As a result, you will be able to find a lot of people who deal with cocaine addiction, around one million in the United States in fact. It would be possible to find cocaine in many different forms as well. White powder can be considered as the most prominent form (typically what is seen in TV and movies) out of them. On the other hand, you will be able to find rock like cocaine, cocaine paste and solidified cocaine as well. All these forms of cocaine are capable of creating a tremendous impact on the human body:
- Elevated heart rate – Cocaine is powerful enough to increase the heart rate of an individual. As a result, all of the bodies organs would work overtime in order to keep up with the decreased efficiency of blood flow and oxygen.
- Dilated pupils – One of the more noticeable changes usually immediate after using cocaine is enlarged pupils under any lighting condition.
- Upset stomach – People who are dealing with cocaine addiction will experience reduced appetite for food. This can lead an individual towards a variety of gastrointestinal health issues. Users can also experience vomiting and nausea.
- Mental health issues – Cocaine does not just create physical health issues. It can give life to a variety of mental health issues as well. Long term use can cause depression, agitation, exhaustion, and the need for an ever increasing dose to keep getting high.
- Permanent damage to vital organs – Chronic use through snorting can damage or destroy the cartilage inside of the nose. Users are also at much higher risk of developing an autoimmune disorder, severe kidney damage or failure, and hemorrhagic and ischemic strokes.
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