The Effects of Cocaine
Cocaine is an illicit and highly addictive stimulant drug, one that is most commonly used for recreational purposes. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were an estimated 1.5 million past month cocaine users over the age of 12 in 2014. Rates of cocaine abuse and dependence throughout the U.S. have remained relatively stable since 2009. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 have the highest rates of cocaine use, though this drug also affects members of every demographic.
Cocaine use has significant short and long-term effects. Taking small amounts of cocaine makes the user feel alert, awake, more sociable and confident. He or she might experience a reduced appetite and reduced need for sleep. The long-term effects of chronic cocaine use can be severe, and might include severe anxiety, panic attacks, reduced blood flow to the gastrointestinal tract, significant weight loss, malnourishment, permanent damage to the heart and cardiovascular system, increased risk of stroke, permanent damage to the nasal passageways and a sharp decline in cognitive functioning.
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