The Fatal Facts on Cocaine

Sigmund Freud, Sherlock Holmes, famous personalities and popular songs have all contributed to the myths surrounding cocaine. Once believed to be a medicinal “tonic”, we now know that cocaine is really a medical nightmare.

As the myths begin to fade, the facts are becoming brutally clear — Cocaine Kills.

Learning the facts about cocaine and where to find help if you have a cocaine problem, may prevent you or someone you love from becoming the next cocaine fatality.

Physical Effects

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that acts on the central nervous system. Within seconds of using cocaine, heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure increase. This sudden overstimulation can cause cardiac arrest, respiratory failure, brain seizures, and as statistics show, sudden death. There is no such thing as “safe” amounts of cocaine — even first time users are at risk for these potentially fatal side effects.

Warning Signs

Many of the following warning signs may accompany cocaine use. If you, a friend, or loved one exhibits one or more of the following patterns, professional help is strongly recommended.

  • Sudden, inexplicable mood swings ranging from euphoria to depression.
  • Erratic performance at work or at school.
  • Frequent absenteeism from work or school (usually after payday or before or after the weekend).
  • Continuous money problems.
  • Disappearance of valuable goods from the home.
  • Brief, frequent trips to a bathroom or private room to cover up usage.
  • Opposite behavior (i.e. a reserved person who becomes overly gregarious and talkative, etc.)

Where to Find Help

Fortunately, if you need help in kicking cocaine — before it kills you — there are many local and national organizations that can provide help and referrals. Check your local phone book’s “Yellow Pages” under Drug Abuse for numbers near you, or call one of the following cocaine “hotlines:” (X00) COCAINE, or (800) 662-HELP. Your private physician or religious advisor can also put you in contact with service organizations who specialize in helping people with cocaine and other chemical dependencies.

Learning the facts about cocaine and where to find help If you have a cocaine problem, may prevent you or someone you love from becoming the next cocaine fatality.

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