Cocaine is Popular as a Party Drug but Use Can Still Result in Disaster

While cocaine has been around for many decades, abuse of this drug in the US really kicked into high gear in the 1980s. It took a little longer for usage rates to climb in Europe because of the distance from the major cocaine manufacturing countries in South America. But it didn’t take very long for the damaging physical effects of cocaine to start showing up. The first cocaine-induced stroke was diagnosed in 1977, and the death of basketball star Len Bias let plenty of people know about the damage that can be done to one’s heart by cocaine abuse. This…

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Mixing Cocaine with Other Drugs Contributes to Higher Adverse Effects

While it’s probably very hard for a non-drug user to understand the possible benefits of mixing addictive drugs, polydrug use is a very common phenomenon. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, polydrug use represents a significant proportion of medical emergencies. Simultaneous use of illicit drugs, alcohol and/or prescription drugs can cause interactions that take a toll on the user’s health. New, toxic substances can be formed through these interactions. Also, use of one substance like alcohol can impair one’s ability to keep track of how much of another substance, like cocaine or heroin, was also…

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Cocaine is Bad for One’s Heart – in More Ways than One

An article on the American Heart Association’s website outlines the various ways that cocaine is destructive for a user’s heart. According to the article “The Effects of Acute and Chronic Cocaine Use on the Heart,” cocaine is toxic to the heart muscle. It reduces the ability of the heart muscle to contract, and therefore pump blood. The heart muscle will receive less oxygen and this can lead to the death of some heart tissue. Even young cocaine users may suffer damage similar to that of a heart attack which can be hard for medical staff to understand since the risk…

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Cocaine Has Destructive Physical Effects Over and Above the Potential to Create Addiction

It’s well known that repeated use of cocaine can turn a person into an addict. What some people may not realize is that the drug itself has harsh physical effects. In fact, these effects can be so strenuous as to result in the prompt death of the user. This potential was largely unknown until the 1986 death of Len Bias, a healthy young basketball player who had just been drafted by the Boston Celtics. Perhaps celebrating the accomplishment, Len was using cocaine with friends when he died suddenly from heart problems. Before this time, little was known about the stresses…

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Seeking Recovery for Crack Cocaine Addiction

When crack cocaine roared through the American landscape in the late 1980s, it tore many people away from their productive, enjoyable lives and their families. Crack is a toxic drug, very harsh and quickly addictive. Those who became addicted to crack in many cases quickly lost everything and resorted to criminal actions to support their habits. Men may resort to criminal acts like theft and muggings and some women may use prostitution as solutions. When a person is at their worst in the midst of crack cocaine addiction, it may seem like an impossible dream that they would ever be…

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Overcoming Crack Addiction

He was a raw-boned type, looking like he’d spent years in the Texas oil fields or herding cattle. Dark hair, tanned and good looking despite the weathered skin and a certain reticence. This was V.C., survivor of decades years of drug use and addiction and a recent graduate of the Narconon drug rehab program. Quietly and calmly, he told his tale in a Texas twang. He Started Smoking Marijuana at the Age of 14 At fourteen, he’d started smoking marijuana that a friend of his had brought around. When he started driving and had more mobility, he graduated on to…

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The Curse of Cocaine Addiction Can be Reversed with Narconon Drug Rehabilitation

In the US, at any particular point, more than 1.4 million Americans are addicted to cocaine. In addition to this, cocaine’s harsh effects are sending hundreds of thousands of people to hospitals – in 2008, more than 480,000 of the 2 million ER visits due to drugs were attributable to problems with cocaine. Smoked cocaine (crack) or powder cocaine that usually goes up the nose — both drugs are brutally strong stimulants that increase heart rate and body temperature while they constrict blood vessels. They have been known to cause cardiac arrest or heart attack among seemingly healthy people like…

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