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Exposing The Truth: Cocaine

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Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. Cocaine is not a new drug. It is actually one of the oldest known drugs to date. The pure chemical, cocaine hydrochloride, has been an abused substance for more than 100 years, and coca leaves, the source of cocaine, have been ingested for thousands of years.

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Today, cocaine is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, meaning that it has high potential for abuse, but can be administered by a doctor for legitimate medical uses, such as local anesthesia for some eye, ear, and throat surgeries.

Some commonly used street names for Cocaine are: Blow, nose candy, snowball, tornado, wicky and stick.

If snorted, the effects will peak within 30 minutes with its duration of effect lasting 1-3 hours. If swallowed with alcohol, effects peak in 30 minutes and last about 3 hours. If used intravenously or inhaled/smoked, the effects peak in seconds to 2 minutes but last only 15-30 minutes. The breakdown products of the drug will be excreted and can be detected in the urine for 24-72 hours. For chronic users, it can be detected for up to 2 weeks.

Cocaine is presently the most abused major stimulant in America. It has recently become the drug most frequently involved in emergency department visits. Cocaine abuse has a long history and is deeply rooted into the drug culture in the U.S. It is an intense euphoric drug with strong addictive potential. With the increase in purity, and its easy availability on the street, cocaine continues to trouble both the law enforcement and health care systems in the United States of America.

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Written by Daniel

February 24, 2009 at 7:00 am

Posted in Addiction

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