Articles tagged with Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine Basics

Cocaine is a fast-acting nervous system stimulant, extracted from the leaves of coca bush, a high altitude plant which grows in the Andes of Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. The Incas used the leaves of the coca plant as part of their religious ceremonies. The coca plant was also used by workers in the Andes to ward off anoxia, or altitude sickness. This disorder is caused decreased levels of available oxygen at higher elevations. Altitude sickness causes the following symptoms:

Cocaine Dangers

The main health risk with cocaine is overdose. Most cocaine deaths have been caused by accidental overdose, especially with cocaine dissolved in drinks. There is no such thing as a "safe" dose of coke, and a person can overdose even if they have only ingested a relatively small amount of the drug. Cocaine overdose is not nice: victims suffer convulsions, heart failure, or the depression of vital brain centers controlling respiration, usually with fatal results.

Cocaine Effects

The word most often used to describe cocaine’s initial “rush,” which courses through the body and brain of the user is euphoria. Cocaine is an addictive substance, primarily based on the intense pleasure that floods the brain and senses of the user, from the very first hit.

Cocaine's Effects on the Brain: Impulsive Behavior

In attempt to end cocaine addiction, medical researchers have searched for a medication that can help end cocaine dependency.

New Fingerprint Test Can Determine Cocaine Use

Researchers believe that future law-enforcement agencies could have a number of portable fingerprint drug tests available to them.