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1 Cocaine  AND ITS CONSEQUENCES  By, Aaron Pritchard And Spencer Tinsman Sec. 8-5

2 Main Facts  Cocaine is obtained from the coca plant.  Cocaine is a stimulant and removes your appetite, almost the opposite of marijuana.  Crack cocaine is a form of cocaine that is in rock form and can be smoked and dissolved in the lungs.  It is a very dangerous drug and should be avoided.

3 How The Addiction Begins  Cocaine is a stimulant that releases chemicals in the brain and makes you feel high. When you smell something you like dopamine is released from a cell and then returns to it. When you take cocaine, the dopamine is released but does not go back to the cell it originated from, thus creating a blockage and the high that is associated with cocaine. Many users say their pleasure system has become broken and has mishaps. They increasingly take more because the brain does not react the same way as it did the first time. The addiction begins.

4 Sustaining The High  Taking the drug as an injection or inhaling it can make you feel higher faster. However, snorting it will take longer to affect you, but it will last anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes. Inhaling or injecting will only get you about 5-10 minutes. Drug users get around this by snorting the drug rapidly without a pause between. This keeps them higher longer. Taking the drug this way leads to addiction faster and can cause brain damage.

5 Damage Caused by Cocaine  The damage caused by this drug can be very severe. It can vary from malnourishment to stroke. The drug hurts blood vessels, dilates your pupils, increases your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Many users suffer cardiac arrest which is followed by sudden death. A very serious reason to steer clear of this drug. Using the drug may also alter your behaviors leading to more consequences, such as HIV. Users of cocaine increase their chances of getting HIV because cocaine impairs your judgment. Mixing cocaine with any other drug is not a smart idea. Your chances of overdosing and dying become very high and it is simply wise to avoid all drugs overall.

6 Citations  National Institute On Drug Abuse. "DrugFacts." Cocaine  Wikipedia contributors. "Cocaine." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 15 Dec Web. 16 Dec  Buddy, T. "Basic Facts About Cocaine." About.com. About.com, September 30, Web. 16 Dec


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