Cocaine is a drug that we seldom heard much about in the past. When we did hear of cocaine use, it was seldom by anyone we knew. We often looked on cocaine use as something that was a problem only for less-than-desirable people. This is seldom the case anymore. Here are some facts about cocaine — some you may know and some may surprise you.
1. Cocaine ranks on the top of the most widely used illegal drugs.
Cocaine is the 2nd-most commonly used illegal drug in Europe as well as the 2nd-most-trafficked illegal drug in the world. North America ranks second as the country where the largest quantities of cocaine are intercepted — second only to South America. Cocaine has been and continues to be the most-mentioned illegal drug by emergency room departments in the United States. More than 2 million or two percent of Americans are currently using cocaine.
2. Cocaine use is not restricted only to adults.
According to the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, approximately 7.5 million people between 15 and 34 years old have tried cocaine at least once. In just the last year, 3.5 million have tried the drug. Even more startling is that about 35.3 million Americans 12 years or older have admitted using cocaine.
In a 2006 research by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, it was discovered that 8.5% of seniors in high school admitted that they had used cocaine at some point. Those between the ages of 18 and 25 who were surveyed, 6.9% admitted using the drug in the past year.
3. Cocaine is an extremely dangerous drug.
Like many dangers in life, cocaine use has both short- and long-term effects on the body. Some of the short-term effects may include vomiting, irritability, appetite loss, depression, paranoia, nasal infection, blurred vision, dilated pupils and anxiety. Some of the long-term and extremely serious effects of cocaine are seizures, miscarriage, respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.
Another fact many don’t realize is that these serious effects can result from both short- and long-term use of cocaine. Women who take cocaine when they’re pregnant may find problems with their children later in life. Cocaine use while pregnant can also cause a baby to have brain damage, heart disease or stroke.
4. Cocaine is used by people of all ages in all walks of life.
Although cocaine is a particular problem among high school students, it’s a drug that’s used by young students, high school students and adults. In addition, cocaine is used by both genders and by individuals from all economic status. While cocaine is often thought of as being used by people in poverty, this is not actually true.
Wealthy people use cocaine as well. What a recent study on cocaine use determined was that it is certain personality types that use cocaine rather than wealth or lack of wealth. Those who most commonly use cocaine are individuals who are disorganized, undisciplined, antagonistic and prone to negative moods.
5. Cocaine is not just snorted as seen in the movies.
Cocaine may be taken in a few different forms. When it’s in powder form, it’s generally snorted or sniffed. The liquid form of cocaine may be injected, while chunks or crystals of cocaine are generally smoked. Cocaine users who use the powder form but don’t wish to sniff or snort it often mix it with other things to hide or camouflage it. They may put the powder in caffeine drinks, in sugar or with other medications.
Do you know someone that is using cocaine or suspect they may be using? Do you just need a few more facts or a little help? If so, don’t hesitate getting help today! It may be one of the best things you’ve ever done!