Cocaine is a powerful stimulant. Street names for cocaine include “blow”, “coke”, “white dust”, and “snow”. Cocaine is often snorted, but it can also be injected. Crack cocaine is usually smoked. Taking cocaine often induces sense of euphoria and can be accompanied by feeling energetic. However, there are risks too; heart attacks, strokes, nausea, and respiratory failure are all possible outcomes from taking cocaine. In some cases, there is sudden death. It is highly addictive and repeated use can induce addiction. Those who inject cocaine are at risk of transmitting blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis B and C, or HIV.
After alcohol, cocaine is the next highest drug people are admitted for in the state of Florida, about 22% according to the National Substance Abuse Index. The National Survey on drug Use and Health indicates that there is a national decline in the use of cocaine amongst people between 18-25 years. In 2002 it was 2% and it 2010 it had dropped to 1.5%. In Florida, the main users of cocaine, however, are not younger people, but people between the ages of 31-40 (National Substance Abuse Index). This is for both cocaine that is smoked and cocaine taken by other methods. If you or someone you know is addicted to cocaine or crack cocaine and in need of help, please visit our website for a list of places in Florida that can provide help for cocaine and crack cocaine addiction.
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