About Cocaine
Cocaine is a very addictive, central nervous system stimulant. Crack is cocaine that has been processed into a crystal rock.
Use
Powder form is snorted up the nose; crack is usually smoked.
Street names
Coke, snowflake, blow
Risks
Because of increased blood pressure and heart rate, users risk heart attack, stroke, ruptured aorta, seizure, and respiratory failure. Other side effects include abdominal pain, nausea, anxiety, delirium, paranoia, suicide, depression and violent behavior, just to name a few.
Warning
Addiction and even death can occur on first use and sometimes unexpectedly afterwards. Regular snorting can lead to loss of the sense of smell; ingesting the drug can cause severe bowel gangrene.
Important Fact
In an article on Discovery Health's website, Dr. Jan Garavaglia says cocaine is the most commonly abused illicit drug she encounters in the morgue.