Cocaine - Effects, Risks, Crack, Overdose.

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Cocaine is a harmful drug that has destroyed millions of lives and will hurt many more in the years to come. I am going to talk to you about what it is, short term effects, long term effects, physical and psychological risks, another form of cocaine and overdose.

Cocaine is a drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. It is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs. It can be inhaled through the nose, dissolved into water and injected into the veins, or it can be chemically altered into a form of cocaine that can be smoked.

It is possible for a person to overdose on cocaine the first time they use it. Some of the short-term effects include dilated pupils, increased blood pressure, increased energy, decreased appetite, increased blood pressure and increased heart rate. Some of the long-term effects include paranoia, irritability and auditory hallucinations.

The physical and psychological risks of abusing cocaine are very serious.

Brain seizures, stroke, heart attack and damage to the nervous system are physical risks. Hallucinations, confusion and imaginary insects crawling on the skin are a few of the psychological risks.

Crack is another form of cocaine that had been altered chemically. It creates the same effects as cocaine but in a more intense way. It is in a form of crystals and it is smoked.

Cocaine overdose is uncommon, but people do die from it. The amount of cocaine that causes an overdose varies from person to person. Some symptoms of overdose include stroke, seizures, heart attack, kidney failure, fatal rise in body temperature, and lastly death.

Would you let a drug destroy your health, your mind and even your life? A white powder is not worth more than everything you have.