coke, white gold, blow, toot, flake, happy dust,
candy, snort, and snow, etc.)
comes from coca plant found in South America. It is a very dangerous drug
that is highly addictive, unpredictable, and very costly. Like all the
other drugs listed on this site, Cocaine ruins lives very day across the U.S.
The highly addictive nature of this substance drains bank accounts, pulls apart
families and destroys users physically.
will not make you a status symbol, enhance your self worth and confidence,
improve your school or work performance, or improve you in any other way.
IT WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE COMPLETELY!
other drugs, when cocaine is combined with other narcotics or alcohol it becomes
even more deadly.
generally sold on the street as a hydrochloride salt - a fine, white crystalline
powder known as coke, C, snow, flake, or blow. Street dealers dilute it with
inert (non-psychoactive) but similar-looking substances such as cornstarch,
talcum powder, and sugar, or with active drugs such as procaine and benzocaine
(used as local anesthetics), or other CNS stimulants such as amphetamines.
Nevertheless, illicit cocaine has actually become purer over the years;
according to figures, in 1988 its purity averaged about 75%.
powder form is usually "snorted" into the nostrils, although it may
also be rubbed onto the mucous lining of the mouth, rectum, or vagina. To
experience cocaine's effects more quickly, and to heighten their intensity,
users sometimes inject it.
hydrochloride can be chemically altered to remove other substances. The process,
called "freebasing," is potentially dangerous because the solvents
used are highly flammable. The pure form of cocaine that results ("free
base") is smoked rather than snorted. The drug commonly called
"crack" is a crude form of free base that has become popular in recent
cocaine effects users:
sharp and sudden changes in breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate leading to
nausea, insomnia, fever, vomiting, convulsions, severe anxiety, and acute weight
cocaine over time will cause irreversible damage to nasal tissue and the septum
separating the nasal cavities)
effects are breaks with reality, paranoia, hallucinations, sensations of snakes
or bugs crawling on them ("coke bugs") , severe dependency,
depression, confusion, cardiac arrest (heart attack leading to death), and