Cocaine Overview

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 10:30am PDT

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cocaine is an extremely addictive illegal drug which can be injected into the blood stream after being dissolved or snorted in its powder form. It derived its street name, crack, from being made in a rock crystal version of the drug. When heated, the vapors are smoked. Even though all three methods can prove to be addicting, the use of needles to inject the drug can be dangerous as it increases the risk of HIV and other diseases.

Cocaine comes from the leaves of the coca plant and falls into the category of stimulant drugs. Throughout America and most of the world, it is illegal to possess, make, or sell this type of drug unless permission has been obtained for medical purposes. Once taken, the effects of cocaine can last for up to an hour and leave the user with feelings of alertness and euphoria. It can increase their physical and mental capabilities, but not without a cost. It can also lead to tremors and convulsions as well as the constant risk of an overdose.

How can the use of cocaine harm the user's health? When used, cocaine constricts the individual's blood vessels, increases their body temperature, causes headaches, and decreases the appetite. However, some side effects will vary based on the type of method used to administer the cocaine. For example, snorting cocaine through the nose can lead to loss of smell, nose bleeds, runny nose, and hoarseness. When cocaine is injected directly into the bloodstream, it can result in the contraction of blood-borne diseases and allergic reactions.

If you were accused of a crime involving cocaine, you could not only be facing health complications, but criminal penalties as well. Whether you were accused of possession, cultivation, trafficking, or distribution, you should get in touch with a strong legal advocate as soon as possible for help. My team at Eversole Law offers a free consultation so that you can tell us about the details of your case.