What Is Cocaine?
Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant, and it is made from the leaves of the coca plant, which are found in parts of South America. Cocaine is an illegal substance, and looks like a fine white crystal powder that is either snorted, or it can be injected. The short-term effects of cocaine include the following:
- Extreme happiness and energy
- Mental alertness
- Irritability and anxiety
- Paranoia - an extreme distrust for people and surroundings
There are also many long-term health effects with using cocaine; when snorting the drug, the user will eventually lose their sense of smell, they will suffer from nose bleeds, and have problems swallowing. The drug will cause severe bowel decay; there is also a risk of contracting HIV/AIDS or hepatitis from using dirty needles or taking part in risky sexual behavior. Cocaine will also cause a person to become malnourished, and the long-term use of cocaine has been known to lead to Parkinson's disease. Cocaine is a highly addictive drug, and even the in-frequent binge use with the drug will cause a dependency. Cocaine users will develop both a physical and psychological addiction to the drug; without the proper help, the addict can suffer with this problem for a long time.