Teen Drug Abuse Statistics

About 50% of high school seniors do not think it’s harmful to try crack or cocaine once or twice

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that is derived from the leaves of the coca plant. It is usually snorted, but it can also be mixed with water and injected. Crack is a form of cocaine. Crack users mix cocaine with other chemicals to form crack rocks, which are smoked. Common slang names for cocaine include coke, nose candy, blow, freebase, and snow.

Abusing cocaine has a variety of adverse effects on the body. For example, cocaine constricts blood vessels, dilates pupils, and increases body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. It can also cause headaches and gastrointestinal complications such as abdominal pain and nausea. Because cocaine tends to decrease appetite, chronic users can become malnourished as well.

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