Dangers of Cocaine
Cocaine has a high potential for abuse, physical and psychological dependence, and poses many serious health risks to users. Cocaine addiction is associated with the following potential health hazards:
- Cocaine overdose and possible death.
- Contraction of infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.
- Increased mental illness symptoms, such as mood disorders.
- Long-term health problems such as cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and neurovascular complications which can result in possible heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, organ failure, respiratory distress, stroke, disrupted sleep patterns, unhealthy weight loss, and seizures.
- Cognitive defects. Memory, reaction time, and attention may be permanently impaired from cocaine addiction, and brain grey matter may shrink, thus causing premature aging.
Signs of Addiction
- Dilated pupils
- Runny nose (snorting)
- Nosebleeds (snorting)
- Track marks (injecting)
- Burned lips or fingers (smoking)
- Fast heart rate
- Constricted blood vessels
- Enlarged heart
- Heart attacks
- Cardiac arrest
- Unusual excitement
- Poor judgment
After long cocaine addiction or binges:
- Intense cravings
- Need for higher doses
- Long periods of sleep
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