Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug.  One use may be enough to cause a strong desire to get high again, in order to repeat the memories of euphoria from the first use.

The immediate effects are:

  • Dilated pupils, itchy nose, dry throat
  • Difficulty eating and increased thirst, loss of appetite and sleep
  • Euphoria, confidence, energy
  • Loquacity (talkativeness)
  • Nervous tension, desire to move
  • Loss of self-control (may incite conflict with those around the user)
  • Anxiety

Its side effects include:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Demotivation
  • Swings in mood
  • Weight loss
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Repetitive behavior
  • Personality changes
  • Paranoia
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Delusions

There are commonly severe social and vocational consequences to include; instability in job or employment, decrease in ability to perform previously mastered skills, isolation or exclusiveness to groups of fellow drug abusers, and increased likelihood to commit criminal


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