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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