Cocaine
(Coke, Blow, Base, Free Base, Crack)

A stimulant that is sniffed (snorted), injected or smoked. All methods of using cocaine carry serious health risks. Smoking cocaine allows high amounts of the drug to immediately reach the brain, producing a more instant and intense high, which is less easily resisted by addicts.

Possible Positives

  • A quick short high

Possible Negatives

  • Constricted peripheral blood vessels
  • Dilated pupils
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Coronary artery spasms
  • Damage to heart muscle
  • Seizures
  • Bloody ulcers, large painful open sores, inside the nose that can completely eat away the nasal septum if snorted
  • AIDS and Hepatitis transferred from reused needles
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Death

Angina: When a deficiency of blood supply to the heart muscle causes spasms, choking, chest pain radiating to the arms, and feelings of suffocation and impending death.

Heart attack: Most cocaine related heart attacks involve young healthy people who are not regular users and who have taken a relatively small dose

Parkinson's disease: Habitual use of cocaine upsets the balance of brain chemicals and destroys vital brain cells connected to motor skills. This can cause a young person to develop Parkinson's disease. This disabling disease of the central nervous system causes progressive memory loss, uncontrollable shaking, muscle rigidity, crippling, and the failure of vital organs eventually resulting in death.

Many addicts fail to reach the high they felt from their first exposure

Cocaine and alcohol
The liver synthesizes cocaethylene by combining cocaine and alcohol, which intensifies the effects of cocaine and may increase the risk of death.

"Yeah, I'd like some cocaine. I'd like to do a drug that makes my penis small, makes my nose bleed makes my heart explode, and sucks all my money out of the bank. Is that possible please? I'd like to sit in the bathroom and talk to a complete asshole stranger for seven hours on end. Is that possible please!? With no penis and a nose bleed? Where do I sign up!? Take my penis away!!!!"
- Denis Leary

Crack Cocaine

Crack is a form of cocaine that is 10 times more deadly than regular cocaine. In addition to the negative side effects of regular cocaine, crack causes increased aggressive paranoid behavior. What's to think about. See Cocaine.

"I would never do crack. I would never do a drug named after a part of my own ass... Only in America would a guy invent crack. Only in America would there be a guy that cocaine wasn't good enough for. One guy walking around New York City back in 1985 goin', ya know, that cocaine's pretty good, but I want something that makes my heart explode as soon as I smoke it. OK? I want to take one suck off that crack pipe and go (EXPLOSION!) Now I'm happy. I'm dead, the ultimate high."
- Once again, the illustrious Denis Leary

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Related Info

Those struggling with addiction should know there are specialized cocaine rehab and crack rehabilitation programs that have experience helping addicts overcome their dependency.